Top Tips: Resources for supporting autistic kids

With the help of our online community, we’ve compiled an extensive list of resources to help parents support children with autism. You may also be interested in our Parental As Anything podcast episode on parenting autistic kids. 

Please note these resources are not personally endorsed/recommended by Maggie, but rather based on community recommendations from parents and educators and other members of Maggie’s social community.


The New Social Story Book – Carol Gray

Autism Spectrum Disorders – Chantal Sicile-Kira

The Conversation Train – Joel Shaul

Dinosaur Diego – Jill & Katherine Bobula

The Out-of-Sync Child – Carol Stock Kranowitz

Raising a Sensory Smart Child – Lindsey Biel & Nancy Beske

Late, Lost & Unprepared – Joyce Cooper-Kahn & Laurie Dietzel

It’s So Much Work To Be Your Friend – Lavoie

Smart but Scattered – Peg Dawson & Richard Guare

A Parents Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder – James C. McPartland, Sally Ozonoff & Geraldine Dawson

A Different Kind of Brilliant – Louise Cummins

A Boy Named Bear – Kaz Dalton

Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal – Anna Whateley

Ten things every child with autism wish they knew – Ellen Notbohm

Children with High-Functioning Autism: A Parent’s Guide – Claire E. Hughes-Lynch

NeuroTribes – Steve Silberman

Being friends with Bodie Finch – Candy Lawrence

Books with humour – The Wonkey Donkey, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Room on the Broom

Special Boys’ Business – Heather Anderson

The 5 Love Languages of Children – Dr Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell

Reframing Autism – Charity Organisation + Books

Growing up Autie – A Comic by Nathan McConnell – Artist

A Crocodile in the Family – Kitty Black

Annie and the Waves – Louise Lambeth

Social Thinking – We Thinkers! Books

The Red Beast & Super Shamlal – Kay Al-Ghani

Nobody Nowhere – Donna Williams

Living with Max – Chloe Maxwell

The Explosive Child – Dr. Ross Greene

My Mummy is Autistic – Heath & Joanna Grace

The Complete Autism Handbook – Benison O’Reilly & Kathryn Wicks

The Neurodiversity Reader: Exploring Concepts – Damian Milton

Neurodiversity Studies: A New Critical Paradigm – Hanna Bertilsdottir Rosqvist, Nick Chown & Anna Stenning

Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement – Steven K. Kapp

Some Brains – Nelly Thomas

The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida

Kevin Thinks – Gail Watts

Autism Spectrum Disorder – Melissa Reve

All cats are on the Autism Spectrum – Kathy Hoopmann

The Superhero Heart – Christel Land

Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism – Holly Bridges

Aspergirls, Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome – Rudy Simone

Differently Wired – Deborah Reber

100-ish Books on Autism and Neurodiversity – Not an Autism Mum

Julia and Rose Best Friends Fur-Ever – Sesame Workshop Resources

Fish In A Tree – by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Online/Podcasts, etc.

Autistic Advocacy: Identity First Language – Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Autism CRC Guide to Interventions – Autism CRC has published a report for families, clinicians, researchers and policy makers, which synthesises all available high-quality evidence about interventions for children on the autism spectrum.

Autism Level Up – Education

Autistic Inclusive Meets Community Group AIM – Non-profit Organisation

Autism Inclusivity – Private Group

The Autistic Realm Australia TARA – Charity Organisation

I Am Cadence – Growing up Unique – Society & Culture

Reframing Autism – Charity Organisation + Books

The I CAN Network – Non-profit Organisation

NeuroClastic – Non-profit Organisation

Not An Autism Mum – Community

And Next Comes L – Hyperlexia & Autism Resources – Education

Fierce Autie – Blogger

Autism, Typing – Community

The Autistic Wolf – Personal Blog

The Little Black Duck – Autism Communication Services

Aspect / Autism Australia – Community

The Parenting Spectrum Podcast – ABC podcast about autism & family life

Jenara Nerenberg & The Neurodiversity Project – Community

Yellow Ladybugs, Autistic Girls & Women – Non-profit organisation

School of the Road – Education

Positive Partnerships – School-aged children support

The Zones of Regulation – Framework to teach self regulation

Love on the Spectrum – Reality TV docu-series

Autism Association of WA – Support Services

Autism Assessment – Royal Children’s Hospital

From Diagnosis to OAM Workshops – Daniel & Daryl Giles

The Autism Discussion Page – Bill Nason

Autism Explained – Education Website

Ask an Autistic – Questions answered on Youtube

Level Up Autism – Support and Resources

The Functional Family – Support Website

Understood – Support Website

CliniKids Autism Research – Telethon Kids Institute

Nelle Francis – Autism Education Consultant & Trainer

Amazing Things Happen – Animation for children

Barefoot Autism Warriors – Podcast

Autistic Professor – Education

Autistic Not Weird – Community – Education

Amaze Autism Australia – Non-profit Organisation

Profectum – Autism Resources

Asperger Experts – Autism Resources

Lives in the Balance – Advocacy

The I Am, Movement – Indigenous Health & Educational Resources

The Everyday Autism Series – Blog

AUsome Training – Autism Resources

Konfident Kidz – Autism Education Consultant and Training

Square Peg Round Whole – Podcast

Square Peg Round Whole – Free 23 page handbook on ‘Supporting the Mental Health of Neurodivergent Students at School’, suitable for schools, teachers and families.

Au-some Women: Empowering, Supporting & Connecting Autistic Women – Community

Tilt Parenting – Podcast

That Au-some Book Club – Online Community

Forging Furry Friendships: How Human-Animal Interventions Can Support Autistic Children’s Well-Being – Sesame Street resources

Teaching Self-Determination Skills – Sesame Street resources and activities

Setting and Achieving Goals – Sesame Street articles

The Safe House Framework – Clinical psychologist and autistic woman Valli Jones has created The Safe House Framework for parents of autistic kids to provide them with knowledge, tools and support to help their neurodivergent child thrive in a neurotypical world.


Allison Davies – Brains = Behaviours Course

Dr Mona Delahooke – Public Figure

Sue Larkey – Public Figure

Tony Attwood – Public Figure

Siobhan Lamb – Embrace Difference – Public Figure

Harry J. Thompson – Author

Autism Actually – Motivational Speaker

Kristy Forbes – Autism & ND Support

Temple Grandin – Public Figure

Amy Laurent – Public Figure

Barry Prizant – Author

Yenn Purkis Neurodiversity Page – Public Figure

Dr Theresa Kidd – Pyschology

Dr Wenn Lawson – Public Figure

Chloe Hayden – Public Figure

Speaking of Autism – Quincy Hansen – Public Figure

Summer Farrelly – Public Figure

Michelle Swan – Public Figure

Tania Marshall – Public Figure

The Autistic Advocate, Kieran Rose – Public Figure

Neurodivergent Rebel – Public Figure

Christina Keeble – Consulting

ZEBR Reframing Autism – Holly Bridges

Labels go on soup cans, Autism is a diagnosis – Leah Taylor, Community Support

Dr Damian Milton

Joanna Grace

Ann Memmott

Dr Chloe Farahar

Dr Susy Ridout

Dr Dinah Murry

The Safe House Framework – Clinical psychologist and autistic woman Valli Jones has created The Safe House Framework ™️for parents of autistic kids to provide them with knowledge, tools and support to help their neurodivergent child thrive in a neurotypical world.


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