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talking about autism

We have many people in our network who are looking for resources on how to talk to young people about Autism, neurodiversity and/or being Autistic in ways that are respectful and validating.


On our I CAN website and YouTube channel, you can find an array of insights and experiences from Autistic members of our team and the young people we mentor. It is so important for Autistic young people to know that they are not alone – they are part of a larger, diverse Autistic community.

We also recommend the following resources below, all of which have been created exclusively by Autistic people or with substantial input from Autistic contributors.


From I CAN Ambassador Dr Wenn Lawson, a wonderful chat about “What It Means To Be Autistic” (view here: This gentle video is geared toward Autistic children.

From Reframing Autism, “Talking To Children About Autism.” a step-by-step guide on how to introduce and normalise differences from a very young age and help Autistic children embrace who they are. This webinar includes many references to additional resources (view here: A 3+ minute, accessible video can be found here:

From Pandas online, “Autism Acceptance 2022: The NeuroBears”, a wonderful video that explains Autism and Neurodiversity (view here: An online storyboard can be found here ( For younger children.

From the Autistic teens of the UK’s Spectrum Gamers, “Autistic Children Explain Autism in 60 Seconds!” (view here:

From Communication First, “Learn From Us” (an excerpt from the short film LISTEN), made by and with nonspeaking Autistic people, including several Autistic young people (view video here:

From Amythest Schaber of Ask An Autistic, “What Is Autism” (view here: This video is particularly valuable for parents/carers, teachers and other adults of influence in an Autistic young person’s life.

Books & Neuro-Affirming Stories  

From NeuroClastic: “My Brain Is Autistic”, a NeuroInclusive story for kids and adults (view here: A free, printable version can be found here ( 

From More Than One Neurotype: “A Story About Brains & Phones”, a wonderful analogy for explaining how neurodivergent brains, including Autistic ones, differ from neurotypical brains. View here (

From Emily Hammond of NeuroWild, “All Brains Are Different”, a beautiful conversation starter with neurodivergent kids or potentially neurodivergent kids to explore what accommodations they might need to feel safe and supported (view here: Downloadable version here (

“100-ish Inclusive Children’s Books on Autism and Neurodiversity” (for young people of all ages) from That Au-some Book Club (view list here: – note: openly Autistic authors are indicated with an asterisk *). There are also links to recommended books for parents & carers, educators, and adults exploring their own neurology. 

Please note that the books from the list above, as well as those highlighted below, can be found at many local book shops and at major online book retailers. 

From Sandyha Menon, “The Brain Forest”, a heart-warming read that helps celebrate neurodiversity without dismissing challenges (learn more here:

From Reframing Autism, “Just Right For You” a warm, optimistic children’s picture book to introduce your young person to Autism ( 

From Yenn Purkis & Tanya Masterman, “The Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide: A Practical Handbook for Autistic Teens & Tweens”. This book is one of our all-time favourite resources (learn more here:

Blogs, Articles & Tips:

From our I CAN Team, “Important Reminders For Our Younger Autistic Peers” (blog & tips here:

From our I CAN Team, “Resources for Supporting Autistic LGBTIQA+ Young People,” including tips and recommended resources for young people, the adults who support them, and service providers. 

From Quirky.Stimmy.Cool via NeuroClastic, “How Do I Tell My Autistic Child About Autism?” (view blog here:

From Kieran Rose (The Autistic Advocate) “Actually Autistic Advice” (on explaining Autism to a newly diagnosed young adult – view infographic here:

From Frontiers for Young Minds (youth-accessible research), “Double Empathy: Why Autistic People Are Often Misunderstood


Learning About Neurodiversity at School (LEANS) resource pack is a free, neuro-affirming curriculum for students aged 8-11. It was developed by a neurodiverse team of researchers and educators, led by researchers from the University of Edinburgh. The content is intended for school use but also contains resources and activities that would be valuable beyond the classroom. Free download here:

Neurodiversity Celebration Week (#NeurodiversityCelebrationWeek) was founded by Autistic/multiply neurodivergent student Siena Castellon in 2018 at the age of 16. It is now celebrated by more than one million participants around the world each year (slated for 13-19 March 2023). Learn more here: www.neurodiversity

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