1st Edition

Autism, Identity and Me A Professional and Parent Guide to Support a Positive Understanding of Autistic Identity

By Rebecca Duffus, Lyric Rivera Copyright 2025
    126 Pages 102 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    126 Pages 102 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This informative and engaging guidebook provides key adults – parents, school staff and therapists – with the tools needed to support children and young people as they develop a positive understanding of their autistic identity. The guidebook is designed to accompany the Autism, Identity and Me workbook, building the adult’s understanding of autism and autistic identity, expanding upon the themes introduced, and offering a clear and structured program of sessions to guide the young person through the workbook. Written with a US readership in mind, the guidebook has been shaped by autistic advisors and contributors, with first-hand experiences woven throughout, alongside examples of ‘possible prompts’, what to focus on as a lead adult, and a variety of concrete, neurodiversity-affirming strategies. Having a positive understanding of your autistic identity is an indicator of higher self-esteem and wellbeing as an adult. This guidebook supports the development of this and will be valuable for all adults working with autistic children and young people aged 10+. For effective use, this guide should be purchased alongside the workbook. Both books can be purchased together as a set, Autism, Identity and Me: A Practical Workbook and Professional Guide to Empower Autistic Children and Young People Aged 10+, <ISBN>.

    Meet the Authors

    Acknowledgements                                                                                       

     

    1.         Introduction

    2.         Background Information

    3.         What Is Autism?

    4.         Sensory Differences

    5.         Emotions, Anxiety and Masking

    6.         Autism and Other Identities

    7.         Ableism

    8.         Debunking Myths

    9.         Using the Workbook

    10.       Section Guidance

    Session 1: My physical identity; my personality and interests; feeling different

    Session 2: What autism is; interests and focus

    Session 3: Social and communication

    Session 4: Sensory

    Session 5: Routine and structure; masking, stimming; emotions and energy levels

    Session 6: Other autistic individuals; my toolkit; my personal passport; my autistic identity statement; self-advocacy

    Resources

    References

    Index

    Biography

    Rebecca Duffus BSc, PGCE, MA is an experienced Advisory Teacher with a Psychology Degree and a Masters in Autism and Education. She has many years of experience working with students and educators in both mainstream and specialist education settings as well as within local authority and education services. Rebecca has been a speaker at conferences across the UK, developed a range of parent programs, and provides training and coaching for settings. Rebecca is passionate about celebrating neurodiversity.

        

    Lyric Rivera, an autistic self-advocate from Texas, is a prominent figure in the field of neurodiversity and autism advocacy. Over the years, Lyric has educated millions about autism and neuro-inclusion through their blog, NeuroDivergent Rebel, their consulting organization, NeuroDivergent Consulting, and their best-selling business ethics book, Workplace Neurodiversity Rising.

    “These authors clearly have a deep understanding of the autism, visual thinking and neurodiversity. I love the idea of the two books working together as so often parents are left in the waiting room while their child is receiving therapy or various services. The entire time I read both books I pictured myself when my son was diagnosed - I thought of my state of mind, my emotions, concerns and misunderstandings. A book like this would have been an incredible resource to have access to sit and work with my son and learn together.” Danny Combs, Certified Autism Specialist, President of Teaching the Autism Community Trades (TACT), author of Supporting Neurodivergent and Autistic People for Their Transition into Adulthood

     

    The face of autism has always been white boys and men by default, so it is very refreshing to see 'Autism and race' (written by Lauren Melissa Ellzey) highlighted and addressed in a way people, young and old, can understand. It's especially important for these issues to be brought to the frontline so that the media can start bringing forth more diverse stories of autism and exploring other areas of the spectrum. Rebecca nailed it, and having Lyric, someone who is Actually Autistic, onboard was so heartwarming to see learning about autism from autistic people is crucial. - Ayanna Sanaa Davis, aka Phenomenally Autistic, Autism Artist & Advocate

    An essential guide for professionals supporting autistic children and young people to understand and embrace their autistic identity. Rebecca's insight and knowledge will make a huge difference to the lives of autistic young people. -Emily Katy, author and autistic advocate