The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations

Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa L. Trautman and Ronda L. Schelvan all have extensive knowledge and experience working with and supporting children with special needs. They have co-written ‘The Hidden Curriculum’  to provide instructural strategies and advice that can be used to teach individuals with social-cognitive challenges the subtle social cues that can be difficult for them to register. The Hidden Curriculum is a much-needed resource for those supporting children and young people with ASD.

Girls and Autism: Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives

If you were to purely take the word of TV, film and the like, you’d be forgiven for thinking that autism was exclusively male. Of course, the male-to-female ratio in autism is much more evenly balanced than that, and in this major new work, Professor Barry Carpenter takes a dive into the underrepresented world of young autistic women.

Combining current research, intensive analysis and powerful first-hand experiences, Girls and Autism is a handbook for those seeking to see past the damaging ‘camouflage’ (that many women on the spectrum employ to conceal the condition) and provide autistic women and girls with support and true understanding.

Identifying and Supporting Children with Sensory Processing Difficulties: Activities & Strategies for Learning and Play

British academic Tina Rae is an expert on the emotional and behavioural difficulties and needs of children. This 2018 book (co-written with Sarah Fulton and Laura Barton) draws on the entirety of her 30+ years experience, but focuses in on sensory processing difficulties – which can be challenging to recognise and support, even for the most dutiful teacher or parent.

With plenty of notes, strategies, activities and educational materials on offer, this book is a must for anyone working with children who are vulnerable in this way.

Working with Troubled Children and Teenagers

Jonny Matthew is a regular presenter at our Cpd events and one of our favourite speakers on attachment, he has decades of experience of working with young people, and offers simple but hard-won advice about how to earn the trust and respect of even the most challenging young people. This is Jonny’s latest inspiring book and is essential reading for any adult invested in improving the lives of troubled children, including youth workers, social workers, foster carers and child counsellors.

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome has to be he definitive handbook for all professionals working with anyone affected by Asperger’s Syndrome and brings together a wealth of information on all aspects of the syndrome for children through to adults. Professor Tony Attwood is a practising clinical psychologist with more than 25 years’ experience and has worked with over 2000 individuals of all ages with Asperger’s syndrome.

Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor

This is a really interesting read from world-renowned autism expert, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin – a book of personal stories, inventions, and facts that will blow young inventors’ minds and make them soar. Temple is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and has written numerous books on autism, including the seminal Thinking in Pictures. HBO made an Emmy Award–winning movie about her life and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma: Creative Techniques and Activities

We can thoroughly recommend this bestselling book by Dr Karen Treisman, Medica CPD Trainer and attachment expert. Like a treasure box, it overflows with valuable resources to inspire and support those working with children who have experienced relational and developmental trauma. Drawing on a range of therapeutic models, Karen explains how we understand trauma and its impact on children, adolescents, and their families. She details how it can be seen in symptoms such as nightmares, sleeping difficulties, and behavioural and emotional dysregulation.

Can I Tell You About Self-Harm? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

This engaging book, written in a very accessible style, oozes compassion and heart. Professionals will find this a valuable tool to help them understand, cope with and start a journey of recovery from self-harm

Author Pooky Knightsmith is a passionate ambassador for mental health who loves to research, write and share all manner of ideas about mental health, wellbeing and PSHE. Her enthusiasm is backed up both by a PhD in child and adolescent mental health and her own lived experience of PTSD, anorexia, self-harm, anxiety and depression.