Resources

Welcome to Autistic Not Weird’s resources page!

Week by week I’ll be adding more resources to this page, ranging from books to articles to other people’s sites. Once a week I’ll ask Autistic Not Weird’s Facebook community for their recommendations on a new subject.

All links open in new windows. Book-related links lead to the original publisher where possible, although they’ll invariably be on Amazon.

(Disclaimer: The resources here are featured because I either have positive personal experiences with them, or my followers have. None of them are affiliate links, and I do not claim to know these resources inside out. Please use your own judgement when looking at them and judge for yourself whether they meet your particular needs.)

Good resources for learning about…

 

Autism (for the first time):

Communities and websites:

Amythest Schaber (Blog | YouTube channel): Amythest is a prolific and widely known autism advocate, who’s best known for a very informative YouTube channel.

Books:

Neurotribes, by Steve Silberman. A much-celebrated book about the past, present and possible future of autism understanding, from one of autism’s greatest non-autistic allies.

The Autistic Brain, by Temple Grandin. A bestselling guide to autism from one of the world’s most widely-known autistic advocates.

I think I Might Be Autistic, by Cynthia Kim. Written specifically for adults going on their own journey of autism self-discovery.

Articles and videos:

Amazing Things Happen.

A hair-dryer kid in a toaster-brained world, by MOM – Not Otherwise Specified.

Recently diagnosed? Help with autism at home, by The Autism Page.

(NB- the best resource, of course, is talking to autistic people themselves. We’re often very happy to discuss our experiences.)

Relevant Autistic Not Weird article – I just found out I’m autistic. What do I do now?

 

Autism in females:

Communities and websites:

The Curly Hair Project (Website | Facebook page): Founded by Alis Rowe, a UK-based trainer and author. Primarily (but not exclusively) female-oriented.

Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network (Website | Facebook page): In addition to supporting both women and nonbinary people on the autism spectrum, this network is a strong advocate for disability rights.

Yellow Ladybugs (Website | Facebook page): An Australian organisation focused on autism in girls and women.

Books:

Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome, by Rudy Simone. Award-winning handbook for autistic females young and old.

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, by Barb Cook (ed). An anthology of fifteen autistic women who share their experiences of life on the autism spectrum.

Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder, by Sarah Hendrickx. A guide written specifically for professionals.

Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum, by Eileen Riley-Hall, a mother and teacher. Also has a Facebook community.

Articles:

Females with Asperger’s Syndrome Checklist by Samantha Craft.

 

Autism and anxiety:

Books:

Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety, by Nick Dubin. Written for adults, offering practical advice on how to manage anxiety effectively.

What To Do When You Worry Too Much: a Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety, by Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews. Admittedly not autism-specific, but helpful for children who struggle with anxiety. (NB- the link goes to the amazon.co.uk page rather than amazon.com. There are also many other helpful-looking recommended books further down the page.)

Relevant Autistic Not Weird article – How I put anxiety in its place.

 

Autism in partners/spouses:

Books:

22 Things a Woman with Asperger Syndrome wants her Partner to Know, by Rudy Simone. A guide for non-autistic males dating autistic females.

22 Things a Woman Must Know if she Love a Man with Asperger Syndrome, by Rudy Simone. As above, but the other way round!

Alone Together, by Katrin Bentley. Specifically about married life, Bentley shares her own personal story of her and her autistic husband making their marriage work.

Communities:

The Neuurotypical Wife (Facebook page): An extremely ironic and humorous page about the struggles of going through life with “neurotypicality”. Turns the autism discussion right on its head, in the context of married life.

 

This page is growing all the time: more discussions will take place on Autistic Not Weird’s Facebook page in the coming weeks and months. I hope you find this page and its resources useful.

Chris Bonnello / Captain Quirk

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