Library of book reviews

This is our library of reviews of books focused on, or linked with, learning difficulties

Research can be a lengthy process and our team wanted to have a more immediate way of sharing their expertise with the  general public than is normally possible for researchers.

Our solution? A series of book reviews to help you decide whether to invest time in a title or just leave it on the shelf. 

We're publishing one review per month here on our website to accumulate a library that we hope will be genuinely helpful. 

The staff team from our charity partners the Salvesen Research Centre are working alongside us on this initiative to also share their practitioners’ expertise. 

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Neurodiversity! What's That? An introduction to neurodiversity for kids by Nadine Arthur. Reviewed by Dr Alyssa Alcorn.

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Taking off the Mask by Dr Hannah Louise Belcher. Reviewed by Holly Sutherland

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Strong Female Character by Fern Brady. Reviewed by the Salvesen Mindroom Centre Team.

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What I Want to Talk About: How Autistic Special Interests Shape a Life by Pete Wharmby. Reviewed by Holly Sutherland

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Santa steals Christmas by Eve Nairn-Magnante. Reviewed by Dr Catherine Crompton.

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NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently by Steve Silberman. Reviewed by the Salvesen Mindroom Centre team.

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Untypical: How the world isn’t built for autistic people and what we should all do about it by Pete Wharmby. Reviewed by Dr Katie Cebula

The Genome Odyssey by Euan Angus Ashley. Reviewed by Heather Love.

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100 Ideas for Supporting Pupils with Dyspraxia and DCD by Amanda Kirby and Lynne Peters. Reviewed by Dr Francesca Fotheringham.

Everybody is Different: a book for young people who have brothers or sisters with autism, by Fiona Bleach. Reviewed by Prof Sue Fletcher-Watson.

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First We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story about Anxiety by Sarah Wilson. Reviewed by Catarina Gaglianone.

DLD and Me: Supporting Children and Young People with Developmental Language Disorder. By Anna Sowerbutts and Amanda Finer. Reviewed by Dr Rachael Davis.

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Only One You by Linda Kranz. Reviewed by Dr Francesca Fotheringham.

The Girl with the Curly Hair: Asperger's and Me. By Alis Rowe. Reviewed by the Salvesen Mindroom Centre team.

Neurodiversity: The Birth of an Idea by Judy Singer. Reviewed by the Salvesen Mindroom Centre team.

By Geoff Kewley and Pauline Latham. Reviewed by a psychologist and associate member of the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre.

Safeguarding Autistic Girls: Strategies for professionals by Carly Jones MBE. Reviewed by Holly Sutherland

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Parenting ADHD Now! Easy Intervention Strategies to Empower Kids with ADHD by Elaine Taylor-Klaus & Diane Dempster. Reviewed by Dr Eamonn Walls

Surviving prematurity: With compassion understanding and family integrated care by Nadia Leake. Reviewed by Lorna Ginnell

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The Neurodiverse Classroom: A teacher’s guide to individual learning needs and how to meet them by Victoria Honeybourne. Reviewed by Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson

The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide: How to grow up awesome and autistic by Sienna Castellon. Reviewed by Holly Sutherland

by Jessie Hewitson. Reviewed by Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson.

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) by Philippa Perry. Reviewed by Lorena Jiménez Sánchez.

Can I Tell You About Self-Harm? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals. By Pooky Knightsmith, foreword by Jonathan Singer. Reviewed by the Salvesen Mindroom Centre team.

The Reason I Jump By Naoki Higashida, translated by David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida. Reviewed by the Salvesen Mindroom Centre team.

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Dyslexia is My Superpower (Most of the Time). Interviews by Margaret Rooke. Reviewed by Salvesen Mindroom Centre team

Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism using Minecraft®. By Raelene Dundon. Reviewed by Dr Leila Mackie.

Mind your head by Juno Dawson with advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt. Reviewed by Dr Elizabeth Kirkham.