Books

Published books

Awesome autistic go to guide – Yenn Purkis with Tanya Masterman

https://www.amazon.com.au/Awesome-Autistic-Go-Guide-Practical/dp/1787753166/ref=sr_1_5?crid=1K4FYZ8AVT4UI&keywords=awesome+autistic+go+to+guide&qid=1695865716&sprefix=awesoem+autistci+go+to+guide%2Caps%2C213&sr=8-5

This book explores what it feels like to be a young person on the autism spectrum and looks at all the brilliant things people on the autism spectrum can do. Full of insights about being awesome and autistic, this book celebrates the strengths of understanding the world in a different way. It looks at all the reasons being you and thinking differently can be totally awesome! It also has tips for managing tricky situations such as meltdowns, sensory differences and anxiety. It includes fun activities and diary pages where you can write your thoughts and feelings to help you concentrate on your strengths and work on your challenges. This book helps you develop the confidence to be who you are and help you live life with as little stress and anxiety as possible. Age Range: 10-14 years.

A life lived well as a non-binary and autistic mental health advocate – Yenn Purkis

https://www.amazon.com.au/Non-binary-Autistic-Mental-Health-Advocate-ebook/dp/B0BBXKQZPS/ref=sr_1_11?keywords=yenn+purkis&qid=1695865595&sprefix=yenn%2Caps%2C293&sr=8-11

What might it look like for an Autistic, non-binary person who lives with mental illness to live well and with hope?

In this book, author and advocate Yenn Purkis reflects on their experiences of life as an Autistic non-binary person who has a diagnosis of atypical schizophrenia. Exploring the intersecting areas of mental health and illness, neurodivergence and neurodiversity, and gender non-conformity, the narrative follows Yenn through experiences of incarceration, psychosis, employment, therapy both helpful and not, medication, diagnosis, stigma and anxiety.

Illuminating reading for students of disability studies, Autism studies, queer studies, and related social sciences, this book will also bring important perspective to those in practice and in training: doctors, psychiatrists, policy makers, teachers, and social workers. Yenn will describe a life well-lived, with and alongside Autism and mental illness, that will provide a vital perspective to anyone studying or working people who share these social identities.

The Awesome Autistic Guide for Trans Teens – Yenn Purkis with Sam Rose

https://www.amazon.com.au/Awesome-Autistic-Guide-Trans-Teens/dp/1839970766/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=yenn+purkis&qid=1695865595&sprefix=yenn%2Caps%2C293&sr=8-6

Calling all awesome autistic trans teens! Yenn Purkis and Sam Rose want you to live your best authentic life – and this handy book will show you how! With helpful explanations, tips and activities, plus examples of famous trans and gender divergent people on the autism spectrum, this user-friendly guide will help you to navigate the world as an awesome autistic trans teen. Covering a huge range of topics including coming out, masking, different gender identities, changing your name, common issues trans and gender divergent people face and ways to help overcome them, building a sense of pride and much, much more, it will empower you to value yourself and thrive exactly as you are.

The Autism and Neurodiversity Self advocacy Handbook – Yenn Purkis with Barb Cook

https://www.amazon.com.au/Autism-Neurodiversity-Self-Advocacy-Handbook/dp/1787755754/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=yenn+purkis&qid=1695865595&sprefix=yenn%2Caps%2C293&sr=8-5

Being autistic, you might come across more challenges than others around you, such as dealing with ableism, discrimination in employment or difficulties in your relationships. Learning to successfully self-advocate will help you to build confidence, strengthen your relationships and ensure your needs are met.

Written by two autistic activists, this book will give you the tools and strategies to advocate for yourself in any situation. It covers specific scenarios including work, school, and family and relationships, as well as looking at advocacy for the wider community, whether thats through social media, presentations or writing. Additionally, the book provides advice on building independence, developing your skills, standing up for others and resolving conflict.

The authors also explore the overall impact of self-advocacy in all areas of your life, building a sense of confidence, resilience and control. Drawing on the authors extensive experience, this book will help you to successfully prioritise your needs and rights, challenge what is unfair or unjust and make your voice heard.

 Planning your career using intense interests

Yenn Purkis with Barb Cook

https://www.amazon.com.au/Planning-Career-Through-Intense-Interests/dp/1839973528/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=yenn+purkis&qid=1695865595&sprefix=yenn%2Caps%2C293&sr=8-4

Planning a career around your special or intense interests is possible and, in fact, easier than you might think! If youre wondering how you can turn your love of animals, intense fascination of transportation or passion for information technology (and much more!) into a fulfilling career, that you will never get bored of, you’ve come to the right place!

Yenn Purkis and Barb Cook are leading autistic advocates, employees and business owners and are using their first-hand knowledge and the power of special interests to help you plan your future in this book. By straying from the conventional paths and thinking differently, Yenn and Barb could help take your passion for outer space and help transform you into a budding astronomer or even aerospace engineer!

Full of helpful advice and activities, including goal and vision setting, identifying your skills and personality attributes, looking at what makes a positive workplace, common attributes of autistic employees and business owners and challenging assumptions to name just a few, this book will help you to find work that you truly enjoy and thrive in the workplace.

The Autistic Trans Guide to Life (coauthored with Dr Wenn Lawson)

https://www.hachette.com.au/yenn-purkis-wenn-b-lawson/the-autistic-trans-guide-to-life

This essential survival guide gives autistic trans and/or non-binary adults all the tools and strategies they need to live as their very best self.

Blending personal accounts with evidence-based insights and up-to-date information, and written from a perspective of empowerment and self-acceptance, the book promotes pride, strength and authenticity, covering topics including self-advocacy, mental health and camouflaging and masking as well as key moments in life such as coming out or transitioning socially and/or physically.

Women on the Spectrum (coauthored with Dr Emma Goodall)

https://www.amazon.com.au/Women-Spectrum-Handbook-Emma-Goodall/dp/1942197578

This book is a unique handbook on life for autistic women, written by autistic women. Its primary purpose is to enable girls and women on the autism spectrum to learn from the authors’ and others’ mistakes most effectively!

The Awesome Autistic Go To Guide (coauthored with Tanya Masterman)

https://www.bookdepository.com/Awesome-Autistic-Go-Guide-Yenn-Purkis/9781787753167

Full of insights about being awesome and autistic, this book celebrates the strengths of understanding the world in a different way. It looks at all the reasons being you and

thinking differently can be totally awesome! It also has tips for managing tricky situations such as meltdowns, sensory differences and anxiety. It includes fun activities and diary

pages where you can write your thoughts and feelings to help you concentrate on your strengths and work on your challenges. 

Spectrums (edited b y Maxfield Sparrow, Yenn contributed a chapter)

https://www.amazon.com.au/Spectrums-Autistic-Transgender-People-Their/dp/1787750140/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=maxfield+sparrow&qid=1611448563&s=books&sr=1-1

Solely written by trans people on the spectrum, this collection of personal stories foregrounds their own voices and experiences on a range of issues, such as coming out, access to healthcare, employment, relationships, parenting, violence and later life self-discovery among others.

The Parents’ Practical Guide to Resilience for Preteens and Teens on the Autism Spectrum
Jeanette Purkis & Dr. Emma Goodall

This book empowers parents of autistic young people aged 11 to 20 to help them promote resilience in their child. Full of suggestions and simple activities, this easy-to-use resource will help guide parents on how to build the foundations of resilience and independence for situations such as negotiating sexuality and relationships, entering employment or living away from home.

It includes information about the main developmental stages for preteens and teens on the autism spectrum, and will take parents through life events and milestones at different ages and identify where difficulties and barriers to resilience may arise and how to address them.

Where to buy: eBookAUSUKUS

The Practical Guide to Resilience for Parents of Autistic Children aged 2-10 years
Jeanette Purkis & Dr. Emma Goodall

Children and young people with autism have the capacity to be independent and resilient which can help them live independently or be supported to live a fulfilling life and reach their full potential.

This book empowers parents of autistic children aged two to ten to help them promote resilience in their child. Full of suggestions and simple activities, this easy-to-use resource will help guide parents on how to build the foundations of resilience and independence for situations such as school, new environments and relationships with other children. It includes information about the main developmental stages for children on the autism spectrum, and will take parents through life events and milestones at different ages and identify where difficulties and barriers to resilience may arise and how to address them.

Where to buy: eBookAUSUKUS

Autism What Schools Are Missing – Voices for a New Path
by Dr Linda Barboa & Dr Brenda Bradshaw (co author Jeanette Purkis)

With more than half a million children in the United States diagnosed with some degree of autism, public schools are struggling to keep up with the growing needs. The majority of these students are educated in local public schools, and those schools must now step up to the challenge. Schools have both a moral and legal responsibility to educate these children about both academics and social skills. Autism encompasses a very wide spectrum of behaviors and learning problems. The variety of traits they present makes it particularly challenging for teachers and schools to guide these children to adulthood. Autism—What Schools are Missing: Voices for a New Path examines the advantages and disadvantages of our public education system for those on the spectrum. This book takes a close look at the strategies and supports that have proven to be successful compared to those that actually increase the educator’s burden and limit the student’s success. Educators can use the practical strategies detailed in this book to build an enabling environment for this growing population.

Where to buy: AUSUKUS

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism
Edited by Barb Cook and Dr Michelle Garnett (co author Jeanette Purkis)

Barb Cook with 13 other autistic women and one non-binary individual, describe life from a female autistic perspective, and present empowering, helpful and supportive insights from their personal experience for fellow autistic women. Michelle Garnett’s comments validate and expand the experiences described from a clinician’s perspective, and provide extensive recommendations.

Autistic advocates including Liane Holliday Willey, Anita Lesko, Jeanette Purkis, Artemisia and Samantha Craft offer their personal guidance on significant issues that particularly affect women, as well as those that are more general to autism. Contributors cover issues including growing up, identity, diversity, parenting, independence and self-care amongst many others. With great contributions from exceptional women, this is a truly well-rounded collection of knowledge and sage advice for any woman with autism.

Where to buy: eBookAUSUKUS

Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger’s Syndrome
(Jeanette Purkis)

Jeanette Purkis spent her early life reacting violently against feelings of embarrassment, anger and confusion about her ‘difference’ from other people. She was unaware until adulthood that this could be a result of having Asperger Syndrome. Jeanette’s remarkable life and her journey towards finding a different kind of normal is inspiring reading.

Where to buy: eBookAUSUKUS

The Wonderful World of Work: A Workbook for Asperteens
(Jeanette Purkis, illustrated by Andrew Hore)

Full of practical information, engaging activities, fun illustrations and inspiring personal stories, this hands-on workbook demystifies the world of work to help teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder feel confident in their ability to get a job and encourages them to think about careers that might suit their skills and interests.

Where to buy: eBookAUSUKUS

See below for a video from Jeanette introducing the book and explaining what inspired her to write it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9XoG-dDYhI&feature=emb_logo

The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum
(Co-authored with Dr Emma Goodall & Dr Jane Nugent)

Drawing on their own clinical and lived experiences of the autism spectrum, the authors of this guide provide readers who are on the autism spectrum and have a mental illness with strategies to overcome difficulties and achieve greater wellbeing. Amongst others, the book covers topics such as medication, stigma, therapy pets and psychotherapy.

Where to buy: eBookAUSUKUS

Been There. Done That. Try This! An Aspie’s Guide to Life on Earth
(Various authors, edited by Tony Attwood, Craig R. Evans and Anita Lesko)

Been There. Done That. Try This! gathers a team of top Aspie mentors to pass along insights for successful living to the next generation. Temple Grandin, Liane Holliday Willey, and many others, offer advice on coping with key stressors including anxiety, self-esteem, careers, and friendship. Each chapter ends with commentary from Dr. Tony Attwood.

Where to buy: eBookAUSUKUS

Autism All Stars: How We Use Our Autism and Asperger Traits to Shine in Life
(Various authors, edited by Josie Santomauro)

Contributors from across the world share their experiences of creating a successful life on the autism spectrum. The positive and inspiring voices in this book explain how it is possible to draw on autistic strengths not just to make your way in the world, overcoming challenges and obstacles, but also to make your life a real success.

Where to buy: eBookAUSUKUS

Perspectives, Poetry Concerning Autism and Other Disabilities: Volume II
(Collaborative anthology, edited by James P. Wagner and Marc Rosen)

The Second Volume In The Perspectives Series featuring poetry concerning autism and other disabilities. www.perspectivesanthology.com “Through my own life experiences, I related, I connected repeatedly, as I read the phrases, word descriptors, metaphors and analogies so familiar. This anthology of life exposed is powerful, evocative, and a ‘must’ read for those who seek to understand and support our once marginalised community.” From The Foreword Leonora Gregory-Collura Naturally Autistic ANCA.

Where to buy: Amazon