Books About Autism for Parents, School Staff, Children and Young People

This list consists predominantly of books that are written for parents, carers and school staff by leading experts in the field of autism. The first section is followed by some books that are directed at young people with autism which can be either read by themselves or together with a parent, carer, or at school.

Supporting Autistic Students as They Transition to University: A Video

University dropout is more common for autistic young people than for non-autistic young people and the change from school to university can pose many challenges. In this video, youth development researcher, Dr Kathryn Bates, and writer and researcher, Kerrie Portman, herself a young autistic person who has gone through this experience, discuss key recommendations on how we can best support autistic young people as they transition to university.

Dr Weston Talks with Dr Nikita Hayden: Siblings of Children with Autism

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Nikita Hayden about the experiences of young people who have siblings with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Research into the outcomes of these children is extremely mixed. Dr Hayden unpacks the complexities of this, highlighting more complex family factors that also impact on young people’s outcomes. She asserts the need to target support to those young people who actually need it and discusses meaningful things that schools and families can do to help support siblings and foster good sibling relationships.

The Impact of the Learning Environment on Children’s Learning, Stress and Behaviour

Join researcher Gemma Goldenberg in this webinar, which explores the impact of the environment on children’s learning. Valuable to all school staff, Gemma outlines the research evidence on the impact of noise and visual clutter on children’s learning as well as the apparent positive effects of exposure to nature. The webinar ends with some top tips for classroom practice. These are easy to apply and might have significant benefits for some children.

Researcher of the Month: Emre Deniz Discusses Sibling Bullying

Our researcher of the month, PhD student Emre Deniz, talks to Dr Weston about sibling bullying. They discuss how common this phenomenon is, how often it goes unnoticed and what it involves. Learn more about predictive and protective factors, as well as optimal ways that parents can respond to bullying in the home. Emre specialises in sibling relationships for neurodiverse children and he outlines how parents can proactively encourage positive sibling bonds for children with autism.

Understanding Dyslexia with Dr Rebecca Gordon

Join Dr Rebecca Gordon and Dr Weston for an exploration of the science behind dyslexia, its causes and impacts. Dr Gordon also busts some common neuromyths around dyslexia.

The Autistic Child: What Every Parent or Carer Needs to Know with Dr Sophia Mooncey and Adele Devine

Dr Weston is joined by Dr Sophia Mooncey and Adele Devine, authors of the excellent book, ‘A Parent’s Guide to Autism Diagnosis: What to Expect and How to Support Your Child’. They provide invaluable insights into what it means to be diagnosed with autism and how to help children see the positives. A must-watch for any parent of a child with autism, it’s packed with tips on managing anxiety and helping autistic children to thrive.

Busting Neuromyths: ADHD and Autism with Dr Jo Van Herwegen

In this webinar, Dr Jo Van Herwegen debunks many neuromyths around autism and ADHD which might impact on teachers’ practices in the classroom. She also provides numerous actionable tips which educators can use to help neurodiverse children to reach their potential, socially and academically.