• The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens With Asperger Syndrome by Jennifer Cook O’Toole
  • My Social Stories Book by Carol Gray
  • A guide to writing social stories: step-by-step guidelines for parents and professionals by Chris Williams and Barry Wright
  • Is it OK to ask questions about Autism? By Abi Rawlins
  • Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Elizabeth Verdick
  • All Cats have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann
  • We’re Amazing 1,2,3! A Story about Friendship and Autism (Sesame Street) (Big Golden Book) by Leslie Kimmelman
  • The ASD Workbook: Understanding your autism spectrum diagnosis by Penny Kershaw
  • Autism: supporting your teenager by Caroline Hattersley
  • Autism: understanding behaviour by Caroline Hattersley
  • It can get better: dealing with common behaviour problems in young children with autism by Paul Dickinson and Liz Hannah (also available as an ebook)
  • Autism: talking about a diagnosis by Rachel Pike (also available as an ebook)
  • Autistic Logistics: A Parent's Guide to Tackling Bedtime, Toilet Training, Tantrums, Hitting, and Other Everyday Challenges by Kate C. Wilde
  • Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years by Shana Nichols
  • I have a question about death: A book for children with autism spectrum disorder or other special needs by Arlen Grad Gaines and Meredith Englander Polsky
  • The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: the Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) by Julia Finley Mosca
  • Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes by Jennifer Elder





Calming music and interactive liquid ‘surface’ of your phone to keep children busy.



First-Then Visual Schedule

Use this app to show daily events, routines, specific steps to complete an activity e.g. getting dressed. You can use custom images and sounds, print copies of the schedules, share files to other devices and there is a checklist feature so the child knows what steps they have completed.

Any age.

Parents can use with young children.

$9.99 (£7.85)



Portable, customizable data tracking tool that allows caregivers of those with ASD to easily track interventions, behaviours and symptoms. Checkboxes allow daily recording of any therapy, medicine or diet. Simple "sliders" allow rating of any behaviour or symptom (e.g., eye contact, aggression and echolalia speech).

Parents/ Carers


CHP Emotion Card Game

Helps teach which situations or circumstances have made the child feel a certain way. It is also a good opportunity for people on the spectrum to listen and understand the emotions of their loved ones.



Model Me Going Places™

Videos feature children, ages 2-8, involved in activities in the community such as going to the doctors, hairdressers, dentist, playground, library restaurant etc. It is designed to familiarize children with locations that may be challenging, and to help teach appropriate behaviour through peer modelling. At the end of each chapter is a storyboard summarizing the locations shown.




Apps for social communication:


Social Skills builder

Video and multi-choice questions about social situations from the US.

They also have a My school Day version of the app for £7.99

*If you buy all of the videos and questions it costs £15. Or if you have a pre-school age child you can use the lite version for £2.29 and just have specific questions and videos for that age range.



Special Stories

Create social stories and visual prompts. You can record your own voice and make photo albums/talking books/stories and visual schedules. You can use it to explain tasks and share information/news.




Learn with Rufus


Fun game for children to learn how facial expressions reveal what people are feeling. Game was developed by a clinical psychologist. Different levels of difficulty from easy to expert (subtle emotions). Data is stored so parents can view child’s progress on a graph.





Sleeps (lite)

Allows you to set up the number of sleeps until an event

Any age



You can set up a countdown for events and personalise with photos

Any age



Set of feeling cards with games and activities that provide a safe and fun way to explore and engage in conversations about feelings





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