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Neurodiversity Affirming Resources

Updated: Nov 17

So you want to learn about neurodiversity, how to be a better ally and lean into supporting your child in an affirming way.

First of all, LOVE IT! We are learning to unpack old stories that we know or grew up with, make space for that part of ourselves and our history and are listening to those with lived experience more. We are always grateful for those who speak up so that we may listen. More advocates are creating resources, provi

ding input into research and helping spread education so that the public can lean into it. Thank you for listening and learning, so that when we know better, we can do better.

Here are some resources from those in the field which are broadly considered affirming, many from neurodivergent authors themselves. Enjoy!

Books for Children:

A Day with No Words by Tiffany Hammond

When My Brain is Messy by Tania Wieclaw

Just Right for You by Melanie Heyworth

Why Johnny Doesn't Flap: NT is okay! by Clay Morton and Gail Morton

Lulu Is A Rhinoceros by Jason Flom, Allison Flom and Sophie Corrigan

The Brain Forest by Sandhya Menon

The Rainbow Brain by Sandhya Menon (for the AuDHD brain)

Some Brains by Nelly Thomas

Me and My PDA: A Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance for Young People by by Glòria Durà-Vilà and Tamar Levi

A Different Sort of Normal by Abigail Balfe

Brain Building Book by Dr. Liz Angoff

Welcome to the Autistic Community by Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (also available as video down below)

The Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide: A Practical A Practical Handbook for Autistic Teens and Tweens by Yenn Purkis and Tanya Masterman

The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide: How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic by Siena Castellon The Autism-Friendly Guide to Periods by Robyn Steward

Wiggles, Stomps and Squeezes Calm My Jitters Down by Lindsay Rowe Parker

My Wandering Dreaming Mind by Merriam Sarcia Saunders and Tammie Lyon

The Amazingly Disorganised Help Dictionary by Georgia Productions

LGBTIQ related

My Shadow is Pink by Scott Stuart

My Shadow is Purple by Scott Stuart

Queerly Autistic: The Ultimate Guide for LGBTQIA+ Teens on the Spectrum by Erin Ekins The Autistic Trans Guide to Life by Yenn Purkis and Wenn Lawson

Resources/Books for Adults:

Start Here: A Guide for Parents of Autistic Kids by Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

Understanding the Autistic Mind by Neuroclastic

What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew by Autism Women's Network

Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity

The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida

Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed By You by Jenna Nerenberg

We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation by Eric Garcia

Untypical: How the World Isn't Built for Autistic People and What We Should All Do About It by Pete Wharmby

Back from the Brink: Stories of Resilience, Reconciliation, and Reconnection by Tim Chan and Sarah Chan

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman

Uniquely Human : A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Dr Barry Prizant

"Learning Outside The Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning Disabilities And ADHD Give You The Tools For Academic Success and Educational Revolution" Johnathan Mooney

Avoiding Anxiety in Autistic Children: A Guide for Autistic Wellbeing by Dr. Luke Beardon (ND Author)

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn

The Parents' Practical Guide to Resilience for Children Aged 2-10 on the Autism Spectrum: Two to 10 years by Yenn Purkis and Emma Goodall

Talking with Your Child about Their Autism Diagnosis: A Guide for Parents by Raelene Dundon

Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life by Dr Stuart Shanker

Neurodivergent Narwhals (a whole host of resources for autistic children with adorable infographics)

Different, Not Less by Chloe Hayden


The Neurodivergent Woman by Monique Mitchelson and Michelle Livock

Two Sides of the Spectrum by Meg Proctor

How to ADHD by Jessica McCabe

ADHD for Smart Ass Women by Tracey Otsuka

Things it's ok to ask for when you have ADHD - Webinar by Ellie Middleton

Connor De Wolfe's Tik Tok

Yo Samdy Sam: YouTube channel on Autism

Different not Less: Youtube Channel by Chloe Hayden

Purple Ella: YouTube Channel on Autism and Disability

Amazing Kids: Autism Spectrum Condition by Amazing Things Project

Let's Talk About ADHD by National Centre for Mental Health

What's It Like to Have ADHD by ADHDVoices

Welcome to the Autistic Community by Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

Talking to my Children About Autism by Reframing Autism

Clinical Skill Resources

The Neurodivergent Friendly Workbook of DBT Skills by Sonny Jane Wise

Helping Autistic Teens to Manage Anxiety: Strategies and Worksheets using ACT, CBT and DBT skills by Theresa Kidd

The Explosive Child by Dr Ross Greene

Beyond/Behaviour by Mona Delahooke

What's Up Flip Chart by Sandhya Menon

The Amazing Autistic Brain Cards by Glòria Durà-Vilà

Body Signals by St Luke's Resources

Ready to Learn (Interoception kit) by Government of South Australia

The Interoception Curriculum by Kelly Mahler

Standing up for Myself Book for Neurodivergent Kids and Teens (9-15 years)

Sensory Certifcate for SLPs by Jessie Ginsburg

Professional Certificate in Neurodiversification of Clinical and Educational Practice by Ausome Training

On Being a Neurodiversity Affirming Therapist by Rachel Dorsey

Konnect Kids Social Curriculum by AuSome Training

Autism Level Up! for Energy Regulation resources

Spoon Thieves by Nurture Clinical Psychology Neurodivergent Me: Cards to Explore your Neurodivergent Identity by Nurture Clinical Psychology

Parent Workshops

Autism and ADHD Parent Education by Sandhya Menon

Collection of Webinars on Autism by AuSome Training

Collection of Webinars on Autism, Masking, Anxiety and PDA by Kristy Forbes

Understanding the ND Affirming Paradigm by Adina Levy

Self-Reg by Dr Stuart Shanker

At Peace Parents (Workshops for PDA kids) by Dr Casey Ehrlich

If you're looking for lived experience voices, here are some great Facebook groups to listen to.

And Instagram Pages:

Thank you for listening to the neurodivergent voice. Should there be a resource that you'd like to add to the list that you've found helpful, please do email me at

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