The Autism Toolbox: Library and Resources

This "Toolbox" brings together advice, local support, services, activities and resources relating to autism. The name toolbox has been chosen to reflect that anyone, with or without an autism diagnosis, parents and professionals can make use of this information which covers various topics. This section is about books, workbooks, resources and websites. You may also find more resources in the Training section.

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Free Guides and Downloads


Visual Books and Workbooks



Useful Websites

Free Guides and Downloads

Coping: A Survival Guide for People with Asperger Syndrome

A free to download document written by Marc Segar, an adult with ASD.

A GP's Guide to Adults with Asperger Syndrome (for GPs)

Questions you can ask a patient if they believe they have Asperger syndrome and wish to be assessed.

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome Reference Booklet (for Health, Education and Social Care Practitioners)

A free, downloadable booklet on Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) produced by the PDA society.



Here is a collection of books, visual aids and workbooks on Autism and Asperger's. Where possible we have linked to the review website Goodreads so you can find out more about each book and read reviews. The Goodreads website features links to retailers where each book can be purchased. Where the book does not feature on the Goodreads website we have linked directly to a particular online retailer, however, searching the internet for the book yourself may allow you to find it at a different price.

Books for Parents 

A Parents Guide to High Functioning Autism

How to meet the challenges and help your child thrive.

Author: Sally Ozonoff et al | Published: 2014

Price: Around £10

Autism: supporting your teenager

Author: Caroline Hattersley | Published: 2014

In this book, autism expert Caroline Hattersley shares advice and practical suggestions for parents on how to support your child through the challenges of teenage life. It also contains resources, activities and exercises for you and your child to complete. 

Price: £7.99

Children with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome: A guide for parents and carers

Author: Patricia Howlin | Published: 2009

A practical guide to the treatment of children with autism and Asperger syndrome commences with a comprehensive review of research into the nature, causes and treatment of these complex conditions.

Price: £48 plus

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger’s Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence

Book written by the Author Luke Jackson drawing from his own experiences and gaining information from his teenage brother and sisters, he wrote this enlightening, honest and witty book in an attempt to address difficult topics such as bullying, friendships, when and how to tell others about AS, school problems, dating, relationships and morality.

Author: Luke Jackson | Published: 2002

Price: £11

I Am AspienGirl®: The Unique Characteristics, Traits and Gifts of Females on the Autism Spectrum

This book explores the female profile (phenotype), including sub-types, in toddlers to late teenagers, who are on the Autism Spectrum.

Author: Tania Marshall | Published: 2014

Price: £10 to £30

Inside Asperger’s Looking Out

Through engaging text and full-colour photographs, this book shows neurotypicals how Aspies see and experience the world.

Author: Kathy Hoopmann | Published: 2013 

Price: £7 to £10

Martian in the Playground: Understanding the schoolchild with Asperger’s Syndrome

This book illuminates what it means to be a person who has Asperger's Syndrome by providing a window into a unique and particular world.

Author: Clare Sainsbury | Published: 2000

Price: 10 Pence to £15

Parenting a Child with Asperger syndrome: 200 tips and strategies

200 Tips and Strategies on Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome

Author: Branda Boyd | Published: 2003

Price: £8 to £12

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome

Handbook for anyone affected by Asperger’s syndrome. It brings together a wealth of information on all aspects of the syndrome for children through to adults.

Author: Tony Attwood, Jessica Kingsley | Published: 2007

Price: £14 to £18


Visual Books and Workbooks

Asperger’s…What Does It Mean To Me?: Structured Teaching Ideas for Home and School

This workbook gives children and teens with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome an opportunity to understand themselves and their diagnosis.

Author: Catherine Faherty, Foreword by Gary B. Mesibov | Publication: 2000

Price: around £25

Beating Anxiety: What Young People on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know

This illustrated book will help you to identify what makes you anxious, and contains heaps of activities to calm your body and mind, stop unhealthy anxiety building up and head off anxious feelings in the future.

Author: Davida Hartman | Published: 2017

Price: £8 to £12

Developing Resilience in Young People with Autism using Social Stories™ (Growing Up With Social Stories)

Using Social Stories™, this book introduces a different way of looking at common life setbacks, and offer tools to overcome these obstacles, build resilience and develop coping strategies for the future.

Author: Siobhan Timmins  | Published: 2017

Price: £6 to £8

I Can Calm Myself Down Full Colour Interactive Workbook - Visual Aid Resourse (AAD / ASD / SEN / Autism)

Full Colour 200gsm heavyweight Pages. The back of each page is plank to leave room for expressive drawing.

Author: BSL for Kids | Published: 2013

Price: £8.95

The ASD Workbook Understanding Your Autism Spectrum Disorder

This workbook helps parents to explain ASDs to their child and provide practical and emotional support following diagnosis.

Author: Penny Kershaw  | Publication: 2011

Price: £12 to £15



Did you know there are lots of mobile apps out there for autism anxiety? Take a look at our App recommendations on the Emotional Wellbeing section of this toolbox.



My Autism and Me

A Newsround special presented by Rosie a young person with ASD.


Sesame Street: Meet Julia 

Meet Sesame Street's autistic character, Julia.


Useful Websites

Here is a list of websites and a book which are useful resources in supporting children and young people with anxiety. Find more information on Anxiety and Autism on The Emotional Wellbeing section of the Autism Toolkit.

AnDY Research Clinic

Offer assessments, treatment and research to children and young people suffering with anxiety and/or depression.

A user-led organisation. Provides support and help if you’ve been diagnosed with, or suspect you may have an anxiety condition. We can also help you deal with specific phobias such as fear of spiders, blushing, vomiting, being alone, public speaking, heights – in fact, any fear that’s stopped you from getting on with your life.

Children's charity; services help children in poverty, support young carers and help families looking to foster or adopt.

Provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

A free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults.

MyLiferaft is an online place for all your health and well-being information, to help connect you and your carers.  All your information will be stored safely and easily, allowing only those you choose to be able to access it. Free and paid for accounts available. (PDA Society)

Registered charity run by a small board of trustees who are all parents of children with PDA. They provide information, support and training for parents, carers, teachers and individuals with PDA. Their website features lots of resources such as guides, videos and blogs.

The UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Find out more about us, our mission and how we work.