Recommended Resources for Young People

The following are recommended resources that I use in the office or recommend for use at home. They are available from Amazon or direct from the publisher (many of these are published by New Harbinger Books)

Outsmarting Worry by Dawn Huebner

The Self-Control series by Lauren Bruckner. Here is a link to the PDFs for the resources in Self-Control to the Rescue:

Click to access 9781785927591%20-%20Brukner_-_Self-Control_to_the_Rescue-Resources.pdf

The WRAP (Wellness and Recovery Action Plan) website has workbooks for kids, youth, and adults. Here is there bookstore:

Autism: What Does it Mean to Me: A Workbook Explaining Self Awareness and Life Lessons to the Child or Youth with High Functioning Autism or Aspergers Catherine Faherty and Gary B Mesibov (This is the workbook I use most frequently in sessions with young autistic clients, and I frequently request that clients buy their own copy for us to use in the office that they can then review later at home.)

The ASD Independence Workbook: Transition Skills for Teens and Young Adults with Autism Francis Tabone, PhD

The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence and Connect with OthersIrene McHenry, PhD, and Carol Moog, PhD

Movie: Life, Animated (Documentary) From Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams comes the story of Owen Suskind, a young man who couldn’t speak as a child  he discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing himself in the world of Disney animated films. (Suitable for all ages)

Movie: Dina (Documentary) Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge. (Suitable for older viewers) (also streaming on hulu)

Kidpower Safety Skills: People Safety Skills for Children Ages 3-10
Irene Van Der Zande & Amanda Golert
(This is one of a series of great books by the Kidpower foundation–they have books for older readers as well–that I use to teach boundaries, self-advocacy, social safety skills including responding to bullying and bystander issues, sexual safety, dating and internet safety, when and how to tell or get help when something makes you uncomfortable, what to do when lost or separated from parents and other critical safety skills)

Listening To My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need.
(a picture book for younger kids on sensory experiences)

What to do When You Worry Too Much
Dawn Heubner and Bonnie Mathews
(workbook style self help book for younger readers)

Superhero Therapy: Mindfulness Skills to Help Teens and Young Adults Deal with Anxiety, Depression and Trauma. Janinia Scarlett, PhD

(A wonderful book with some great skills, but despite the title which makes it sound perfect for younger folks, it is only appropriate for older readers because of difficult content like sexual assault and war trauma. I sometimes use it in session with readers of varying ages, because the content is so resonant, by adapting content and pulling only appropriate skill applications.)

Turtles All the Way Down
(a young adult novel about a tween dealing with OCD)
John Green

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