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Autism reading list

Our library service and the South Gloucestershire Autism Planning Group recommend books you might find helpful if you are living with autism or Asperger’s or know someone who is.

The books provide information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, and personal stories.

The books are available for an extended loan period of six weeks; if the book you want is unavailable you can reserve it free of charge.

  1. Donna Williams. Autism – an inside-out approach (a practical handbook)
  2. Temple Grandin. Temple talks about autism and sensory issues (an overview and tips)
  3. Tony Attwood. The complete guide to Asperger’s syndrome (the definitive guide)

For parents

  1. Joshua Muggleton. Raising Martians (help your child with Asperger’s)
  2. Bill Nason. The autism discussion page on the core challenges of autism: a toolbox for helping children with autism feel safe, accepted and competent.

For children

  1. Louise Gorrod. My brother is different (for younger children)
  2. Katy Hoopmann. Inside Asperger’s looking out (for family, friends and classmates)

For teens

  1. Luke Jackson. Freaks, geeks and Asperger syndrome
  2. Shana Nichols. Girls growing up on the autistic spectrum (for girls and their parents)

For women

  1. Robyn Steward. The Independent Woman’s Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum (will help you to stay safe whilst living life to the full)

Personal stories

  1. Liane Holliday Willey. Pretending to be normal: living with Asperger’s Syndrome (one of first female autobiographies)
  2. Naoki Higashida. The reason I jump (written by non-verbal 13 year old)

If you need any support in dealing with autism contact The National Autistic Society – Avon branch at

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