Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

Reading and games

three young children with one reading a book

On this page you will find resources that have been recommended by parents and professionals. We hope you find them useful. If you think of anything we have not included, please let us know and we will add it to the list.

Books by subject


Visit The National Autistic Society for a list of useful books.

Title Author Year Audience
​Sensory Strategies​Corinna Laurie2014​Professionals in schools​
The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism​Naoki Higashida ​2014​Parents, professionals
Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism​Naoki Higashida ​2017​Parents, professionals
Suzie and Sammy (Series) ​Charlotte Olsen​2013 to 2016​Children and young people
​Autism in My Family: A Journal for Siblings of Children with ASD​Sandra Tucker​2017Siblings of children with ASD
Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity Steve Silberman 2015 Parents, professionals
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon 2003 Parents, professionals, children and young people
Behavioural Concerns and Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Explanations and Strategies for Change John Clements and Ewa Zarkowska 2000 Parents, professionals
People with Autism Behaving Badly: Helping People with ASD Move On from Behavioral and Emotional Challenges John Clements 2005 Parents, professionals
It Can Get Better: Dealing with Common Behaviour Problems in Young Children with Autism Paul Dickinson and Liz Hannah 2014 Parents
The Incredible 5-Point Scale: Assisting Children with ASDs in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling Their Emotional Responses Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis 2012 Parents, professionals
Emergence: Labelled Autistic Temple Grandin and Margaret Scariano 2005 Parents, professionals
The New Social Story Book™ Carol Gray 2015 Parents, professionals, children
Freaks, Geeks and Aspergers Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence Luke Jackson 2002 Young people
The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome Jennifer Cook O'Toole 2012 Young people
Asperger’s and Girls: World-Renowned Experts Join Those with Asperger’s Syndrome to Resolve Issues That Girls and Women Face Every DayTony Attwood and Temple Grandin2006Parents, professionals, young people
Challenging Behaviour and Autism: Making Sense, Making Progress Philip Whitaker 2002 Parents, professionals
​Iris Grace
​Arabella Carter-Johnson ​2016Parents, professionals
​Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age​Sarah Hendrickx​2015Parents, professionals
The Autistic Spectrum: A Guide for Parents and Professionals Lorna Wing 2003 Parents, professionals
​The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults​Temple Grandin and Debra Moore​2015​Parents, professionals
​What's happening to Ellie? A Book About Puberty for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions​Katie E. Reynolds​2015​Girls and young women


Title Author Year Audience
The Tipping Points: What Professionals Should Recognise As the Social Impact of ADHD Phillip Anderton 2007 Professionals
Successfully Managing ADHDFor SENCos and Teachers Fintan O'Regan 2014 Professionals
How to Teach and Manage Children with ADHD Fintan O'Regan 2002 Parents, professionals
Adhd (The Facts Series) Mark Selikowitz 2009 Parents, professionals
A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults Thomas E. Brown 2013 Parents, professionals
Smart But Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD Thomas E. Brown 2014 Parents, professionals
Taking Charge of ADHD, Third Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents Russell A. Barkley 2013 Parents
ADHDLiving without Brakes Martin Kutscher 2009 Parents, professionals
Zak Has ADHD (A Dr Spot Casebook) Jenny Leigh 2013 Children
ADHD in HD: Brains Gone Wild Jonathan Chester 2012 Young people
Movers, Dreamers and Risk-Takers: Unlocking the Power of ADHD Kevin Roberts 2012 Parents, professionals, young people
Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids about ADHD Kathleen Nadeau 2004 Children
Step by Step Help for Children with ADHD: A Self-Help Manual for Parents Cathy Lever Bradbury 2010 Parents
The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD John F. Taylor 2013 Children
Can I Tell You About ADHD?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals Susan Yarney 2014 Family, friends
The Elephant in the ADHD Room Letitia Sweitzer 2014 Parents, professionals
Raising Girls with ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Healthy, Happy Daughters Dr James W. Forgan and Mary Anne Richey 2014 Parents
100 Questions & Answers about ADHD in Women and Girls Patricia Quinn 2010 Parents, professionals
The Adventures of Phoebe Flower: Stories of a Girl with ADHD Barbara A. Roberts 2010 Children
Help! My Grandchild Has ADHD: What These Children and Their Parents Wish You Knew Judy Kirzner 2012 Grandparents
Boy Without Instructions – Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child With ADHD Penny Williams 2014 Parents


TitleAuthor YearAudience
​Toolkit for Parents / Carers of School-Aged Children with Dyspraxia / DCD​Dyspraxia Foundation​2017Parents and carers
Caged in Chaos: A Dyspraxic Guide to Breaking Free Victoria Biggs and Sharon Tsang 2014 Parents, young people
Can't Play Won't Play: Simply Sizzling Ideas to get the Ball Rolling for Children with Dyspraxia Sharon Drew and Elizabeth Atter 2008 Parents
Co-Ordination Difficulties: Practical Ways Forward Michele Lee 2013 Professionals
Developmental Coordination Disorder: Hints and Tips for the Activities of Daily Living Morvan F. Ball 2012 Parents, professionals
Developmental Dyspraxia, Identification and Intervention: A Manual for Parents and Professionals Madeleine Portwood 1999 Parents, professionals
You're So Clumsy Charley: Having Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger's or Autism Does Not Make You Stupid Jane Binnion and Colin Shelbourn 2017 Children
Dyspraxia: Developmental Co-Ordination Disorder Amanda Kirby 2006 Parents, professionals
Dyspraxia in the Early Years: Identifying and Supporting Children with Movement Difficulties Christine Macintyre 2008 Parents, professionals
Guide to Dyspraxia and Developmental Coordination Disorders Andrew Kirby and Sharon Drew 2003 Parents, professionals
How to Understand and Support Children with Dyspraxia Lois Addy and Rebecca Barnes 2003 Parents, professionals
Making Inclusion Work for Children with Dyspraxia: Practical Strategies for Teachers Lois Addy and Gill Dixon 2016 Professionals
Take Time: Movement Exercises for Parents, Teachers and Therapists of Children with Difficulties in Speaking, Reading, Writing and Spelling Mary Nash-Wortham and Jean Hunt 2008 Parents, professionals
Understanding Dyspraxia: A Guide for Parents and Teachers Maureen Boon 2010 Parents, professionals
The Dyspraxic Learner: Strategies for Success Alison Patrick 2015 Parents, professionals


Title AuthorYearAudience
Dyslexia: A Parents’ Guide to Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Other Learning Difficulties Dr Helen Likierman and Dr Valerie Muter                     2008 Parents
Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents and Those Who Help Them
Gavin Reid2011Parents, professionals
Help! My Child Has Dyslexia: A Practical Guide for ParentsJudy Hornigold2012Parents
The Dyslexia-Friendly Teacher's Toolkit                               Barbara Pavey2013Professionals
The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic BrainBrock Eide and Fernette Eide2011Parents, professionals, young people

Down Syndrome 

Title AuthorYearAudience
I Love You Natty: A Sibling's Introduction to Down's Syndrome

Hayley Goleniowska and   Mia Goleniowska

2014 Siblings
Talking About Downs Syndrome: Conversations for New Parents      Hayley Goleniowska and Lisa Warner2015Parents


Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better BehaviourRussell A. Barkley and Christine M. Benton 2013Parents
Your Defiant Teen: Ten Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your RelationshipRussell A. Barkley and Arthur L. Robins2014Parents
Tantrums!: Managing Meltdowns in Public and Private (1-2-3 Magic Parenting)Thomas W. Phelan2014Parents
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 Thomas W. Phelan2010Parents
1-2-3 Magic for Kids: Helping Your Kids Understand the New RulesThomas W. Phelan and Tracy M. Lee2017Children
The Challenge of Behaviour - The Real WayDr. Sima Dosani and Dr. Amanda Hull2015Parents


Title AuthorYearAudience
​The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses​Lauren Brukner2014​​Children
10 Keys to Happier Living​Vanessa King​2016​Parents, Professionals
When My Worries Get Too Big!: A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with AnxietyKari Dunn Buron2013Children
​Not Today, Celeste!: A Dog’s Tale about Her Human’s Depression​Liza Stevens and Pooky Knightsmith​2016​Children
​The Invisible String​Patricia Karst and Geoff Stevenson​2001​Children
​Worries Are Like Clouds (A Big Hug Book)​Shona Innes​2016​Children
​The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind​Dr Tina Payne Bryson and Dr Daniel Siegel​2012​Parents
​Angry Octopus: An Anger Management Story for Children Introducing Active Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Deep Breathing​Lori Lite​2011​Children
​Self Soothing: Coping with Everyday and Extraordinary Stress​Gerrilyn Smith​2013​Parents, Professionals
​Help! I've Got an Alarm Bell Going Off in My Head!​K. L. Aspden ​2015​Children
​The Parent’s Helping Hand Book: A Practical Guide for Teaching Your Child Protective Behaviours​Holly-Ann Martin, Jane Bracho, Marilyn Fahie and Tracey Gibbs​2012​Parents
Starving the Anxiety Gremlin – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Workbook for Young PeopleKate Collins-Donnelly2014Young people
​The Huge Bag of Worries​Virginia Ironside and Frank Rodgers​2011​Children
Starving the Anxiety Gremlin for 5-9 year oldsKate Collins-Donnelly2014Children
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming AnxietyDawn Huebner2005Children
​It's Raining and I'm Okay: A Calming Story to Help Children Relax When They Go Out and About​Adele Devine2017​Children​
Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your PotentialCarol Dweck2012Professionals, parents, young people
Ruby and the Rubbish Bin (Helping children with low self esteem)Margot Sunderland2003Children
​Looking after your Mental Health ​Usborne Children Books ​2018​Children aged 9 and over 

Transition to Adulthood

Title AuthorYearAudience
Personalisation in Practice: Supporting Young People with Disabilities Through the Transition to Adulthood Suzie Franklin, Helen Sanderson 2013 Parents, professionals
Thera Trust: Safe and Secure England Al Etmanski2015Parents, professionals



​A Legal Handbook

Available as an online resource chapter by chapter as well as in hard copy and on Kindle

Council for Disabled Children

​Council for Disabled Children​2018​parents
Helping Children Learn: Intervention Handouts for Use in School and at Home​Jack Naglieri and Eric Pickering​2010​Parents, professionals

​Building Language Using LEGO® Bricks

​Dawn Ralph and Jacqui Rochester​2016Parents, professionals​
​The Special Parent's Handbook​Yvonne Newbold​2014​Parents
Mary Sheridan's From Birth to Five Years: Children's Developmental Progress​Ajay Sharma and Helen Cockerill2014​​Professionals

Cerebra Library

Cerebra have a postal lending library of books on topics relating to neurological conditions, media (DVDs) and sensory equipment, such as fibre optics and the ever popular Sensory in a Suitcase, which contains a range of equipment to stimulate all the senses.


Anyone in the UK can borrow items from the library and it’s free to return them by using the freepost address for books or a courier service that is arranged for you for sensory equipment. You can borrow two books at a time and one sensory item for a month at a time.


Friendship circle

Applications for mobile phones and tablets suitable for children with special educational needs can be found on the Friendship Circle website. On this site, applications are sorted by skills, price and platform (Android, Apple or Google Play).

Dyslexia Apps

This blog by Listening Books lists five iPad apps which can be useful for students with Dyslexia. 


Applications for mobile phones and tablets suitable for children with learning and attention issues can be found on the Understood website. On this site, applications are sorted by skills, a quality rating and a learning rating.

Action for Aspergers

Action for Aspergers have released two free apps which might be useful for those with individuals with ASD. Both can be found on the Android, Apple and Google Play app stores. The 'Grounding App' has been designed to help reduce likelihood of meltdown for individuals with ASD. The app suggests some useful calming strategies. The 'Action for Aspergers App' contains information about Action for Aspergers, such as news and support they provide locally.



Minecraft is one of the most popular video-games in the world, and is especially popular amongst children with ASD. The game is available via PC, smartphone, tablet, Xbox, and Playstation, and Minecraft guidelines state you need to be aged 13+ to play.

Minecraft is a ‘sandbox game,’ which means players are free to create their own worlds using building blocks. Because of this, Minecraft is sometimes described as ‘virtual Lego.’

The game can be played in single-player mode, or in multi-player mode. The latter is played in groups (or ‘servers’) over the Internet. The multi-player mode can be problematic due to virtual bullying, and it’s difficult to judge whether an online server will be ASD-friendly and child-friendly. 

However, one UK dad has made it his mission to create a safe Minecraft world (for his son who has autism). For more information about his 'Autisms Minecraft Server,' please visit    


Able Magazine​Parents, professionals, young people
​AuKids MagazineParents​
Autism Eye​Parents, professionals
Autism Parenting MagazineParents​
SEN Magazine​Parents, professionals
Enable Magazine​Parents, professionals, young people
PosAbility Magazine​Parents, professionals, young people
​ADDitudeParents, professionals
Asperger United​Young people
​Easy News​Young people
​SNIX​Parents, professionals, young people
My Future Choices​Parents, professionals, young people

Dyslexia font

Open Dyslexic is an open resource used to increase readability for readers with Dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles. Open Dyslexic is free for commercial and personal use.