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Neurodiversity Affirming Resources

Updated: Mar 9

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, providing 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:






Older Children



LGBTIQ related


Resources/Books for Adults:



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

Looking after your Autistic Self:A Personalised Self-Care Approach to Managing Your Sensory and Emotional Well-Being by Niamh Garvey


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


We're All Neurodiverse by Sonny Jane Wise



Podcasts/Video






The Neurodivergent Woman by Monique Mitchelson and Michelle Livock



How to ADHD by Jessica McCabe


ADHD for Smart Ass Women by Tracey Otsuka



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



Welcome to the Autistic Community by Autistic Self-Advocacy Network


Clinical Skill Resources



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


Ready Rocket Resources by Tash O'Connor and Bella Martini


Body Signals by St Luke's Resources

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



Sensory Certifcate for SLPs by Jessie Ginsburg



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






Self-Reg by Dr Stuart Shanker


Autism and Neurodiversity Masterclass by Autism Camp, a collection of autistic voices around the world



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 smenon@onwardsandupwardspsychology.com.au.





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