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)

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

https://www.amazon.com/Autism-Explaining-Awareness-Functioning-Aspergers/dp/1935274910/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526912448&sr=8-1&keywords=autism+what+it+means+to+me (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 AutismFrancis 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)

https://www.amazon.com/Life-Animated-Owen-Suskind/dp/B01HSSZPR4

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)

https://www.amazon.com/Dina-Buno/dp/B0776K3ZXL/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1526921421&sr=8-2&keywords=dina+movie (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)

https://www.amazon.com/Kidpower-Safety-Comics-People-Children/dp/0971517800/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525960127&sr=8-1&keywords=kidpower

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)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1475058632/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The Worry Workbook for Kids: Helping Kids Overcome Anxiety and Fear of Uncertainty. Muniya Khanna, PhD, and Deborah Roth Ledley, PhD

The Anxiety Workbook for Kids: Take Charge of Fears and Worries Using the Gift of ImaginationRobin Alter, PhD, CPsych and Crystal Clark MSW, RSW

Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and WorryLisa M. Schabm, LCSW

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

https://www.amazon.com/What-When-You-Worry-Much/dp/1591473144/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525379012&sr=8-1&keywords=What+to+do+when+yo https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1475058632/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1u+worry+too+much

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.)

PTSD Survival Gide for Teens: Strategies to Overcome Trauma, Build Resilience, and Take Back Your LifeSheela Raja, PhD, and Jaya Raja

Asrafihttps://www.amazon.com/PTSD-Survival-Guide-Teens-Strategies/dp/1626259909/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526866022&sr=1-1&keywords=ptsd+survival+guide+for+teens

PTSD Workbook for Teens: Simple Effective Skills for Healing Trauma Libbi Palmer, PsyD

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

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_8?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=turtles+all+the+way+down+john+green&sprefix=turtles+%2Cstripbooks%2C213&crid=1YBK5AIUQ374L