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Clueless Clarence Book Review

Our librarian Jan reviews a new book available to borrow for free from our postal lending library.

clueless-clarenceClueless Clarence: 5th April 2007
by Zoe Hunter and Leslie Roberts
ISBN 9781785076091

Meet Clarence and his family. Clueless Clarence is a book of the innermost thoughts of a 15 going on 16 year old boy with mild Autism. From a day by day diary written over the course of 2008 to a selection of his poems. This is a quirky fun and imaginative book that joins fact and fiction. Any parent with an autistic child will recognise the anxieties and the preoccupations and any teenager with a diagnosis will recognise that they are not the only one.

Book Review: The Girl with the Curly Hair

Our librarian Jan reviews The Girl with the Curly Hair, by Alis Rowe.

‘The Girl with the Curly Hair Asperger’s and Me’ by Alis Rowe

2013  Lonely Mind Books
ISBN  9780956269324

This book is a real insight into what life is like with Asperger’s. Particularly for a girl with Asperger’s, as many of the typical Aspie traits seen in boys aren’t necessarily there in girls. Alis, the author finally got a diagnosis when she was in her twenties. She writes very candidly about school life, home life and social life and gives tips for friends and family to help them see things how an Aspie sees them. There are also sections on hypermobility, hypersensitivity and co-ordination issues, which so often go hand in hand with having an autism spectrum disorder.  This is such an accessible book, you feel you are having a conversation directly with the author. It would be particularly good for parents and other relatives to read.

Other books in the ‘Girl with the Curly Hair’ series that we have in the library

Asperger’s Syndrome in 5-8 Year Olds

ISBN 9781512034950

Written for the parents and teachers of children with Asperger’s. Using a series of cartoons this book explains how an Aspie feels in everyday situations. This one covering 5 to 8 year olds looks at play, feelings, friendships and life at home.

Asperger’s Syndrome in 8 – 11 Year Olds

ISBN 9781511611893

This one is the next in the series and covers children with Asperger’s as they develop. This book focuses on behaviours, like anxiety and how to understand how it feels from the child’s perspective. Great for parents, other relatives and friends and ideal for the child to read themselves.

The 1st Comic Book

ISBN 9780956269317

This one is new in the library and explains social situations going into adulthood. It explains how everyday situations feel quite different to a person with Asperger’s compared to a person who is neurotypical.

You can find out more about The Curly Hair Project on their website http://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/ The Project has been set up to help girls and women with Asperger’s. They are a social enterprise offering things like workshops, a bookshop and ASD training for teachers and NHS staff. There is also an online blog that you can subscribe to.

To borrow any of these books contact Jan on janetp@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 244203.

Items in the lending library on Communication

Communication help from our library

Communication is a popular topic so we have lots of books on it as well as more practical help like PECS cards and Communication Aids.


  • L1210 Trouble Talking: a guide for parents of children with speech and language difficulties by James Law
  • L6215 More Than Words: helping parents promote communication and social skills in children with autism by Fern Sussman
  • L6238 Communication Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome by Olga Bogdashina
  • L6242 The Classroom and Communication Skills Programme by Megan Ahlers
  • L6347 Developmental Speech Language Training Through Music for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Hayoung Lim
  • L6381 Enabling Communication in Autism by Carol Potter
  • L6411 Helping Children to Improve Their Communication Skills: therapeutic activities for teachers by Deborah Plummer
  • L6460 Children with Social Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties and Communication Problems by Melanie Cross
  • L6461 A Pictures Worth: PECS and other visual communication strategies in autism by Andy Bondy
  • L6468 Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome by Libby Kumin
  • L6485 Small Talk: simple ways to boost your child’s speech and language from birth by Nicola Lathey
  • L6515 Teach Me With Pictures: 40 picture scripts to develop play and communication skills in children on the autism spectrum by Simone Griffin
  • L6532 Rising to New Heights of Communication and Learning for Children with Autism by Carol Spears
  • L6533 Augmentative and Alternative Communication: models and applications for… caregivers and users by Filip Loncke
  • L6540 Developing Communication for Autism Using Rapid Prompting Method by Soma Mukhopadhyay
  • L6546 Social and Communication Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder: early identification and intervention by Tony Charman
  • L6586 Talk to Me: conversation strategies for parents of children on the autism spectrum by Heather Jones
  • L6644 Other Ways of Speaking: supporting children and young people who have no speech or whose speech is difficult to understand by the Communication Trust
  • L6658 Giggletime: establishing the social connection a programme to develop the communication skills of children with autism by Susan Aud Sonders

Audio visual

  • AV6388 Talkabout: social communication skills (DVD)
  • AV6409 ISPEEK at Home: over 1300 visual communication images (CD-ROM)
  • AV6538 Discovery Pathways to Better Speech for Children with Down Syndrome (DVD)

PECS cards

  • C0208 PECS Cards Keyrings: ‘Instructions and Behaviour’ and ‘Feelings and Emotions’

Portable Communication Aids in the sensory library

  • SmartTalk – 8 picture communication aid, recordable
  • Partner 4 Plus – 4 picture communication aid, recordable
  • iTalk2 – 2 button communication aid, recordable

If you would like to borrow any of these or any other books from our library, it is free of charge. Please contact Jan the Librarian on 01267 244203 or janetp@cerebra.org.uk

Books on ABI in the Library

As part of Action for Brain Injury Week, we take a look at the books in our library on ABI.

  • L1260 Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation: children and adolescents by Mark Ylvisaker
  • L6274 Head Injury the Facts by Headway
  • L6358 Unthinkable: a mother’s tragedy terror and triumph through a child’s traumatic brain injury by Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie
  • L6396 Stroke in Childhood: clinical guidelines for diagnosis management and rehabilitation by the Paediatric Stoke Working Group
  • L6432 Living with an Acquired Brain Injury: a practical life skills workshop by Nicholas Hedley
  • L6433 Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury: evaluating the evidence by Rebecca Koehler
  • L6442 Traumatic Head Injury in Children by Sarah H Broman
  • L6542 Educating Children with Acquired Brain Injury by Sue Walker
  • L6543 Hold My Hand: a mother’s journey by Glenys Carl
  • L6622 Battling Brain Injury: the life that Jack built by Jack Martindale
  • L6648 Missing Pieces: mending the head injury family by Marilyn Colter

Children’s books

  • C0121 Sam and the Green Velvet Monkey by Judith Middleton
  • C0138 A Hit on the Head and Where it Led by Jennifer Cooper Trent


  • AV6395  Brain Injury a Look Inside by Richard C Senelick

All of these materials are available to borrow free of charge from our Postal Lending Library. If you would like to request an item or join the library, please contact our Librarian Jan at janetp@cerebra.org.uk or 0800 3281159.

Borrow books on behaviour from our library

Books on behaviour from our postal lending library header

This month we have a list of the range of books on behaviour available to borrow free of charge from our Postal Lending Library.

Advice for parents:

  • L6627 Challenging Behaviour and People with Learning Disabilities: a handbook
  • L6593 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to Help Young People with ASD
  • L6377 Power Parenting for Children with ADD/ADHD: a practical guide for managing difficult behaviours
  • L6350 and L6286 The Explosive Child: a new approach for understanding and parenting easily frustrated chronically inflexible children
  • L6450 and L6578 Calm Your Hyperactive Child: coping with ADHD and other behavioural problems
  • L6416 and L6530 Help Your Child or Teen Get Back on Track: what parents and professionals can do for childhood emotional and behaviour problems
  • L6364 and L6296 No Fighting No Biting No Screaming: how to make behaving positively possible for people with autism and other developmental disabilities
  • L6031 Achieving Best Behaviour for Children with Developmental Disabilities
  • L1611 Bringing Up a Challenging Child at Home
  • L6460 Children with Social Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties and Communication Problems: there is always a reason
  • L6180 Encouraging Appropriate Behaviour for Children on the Autism Spectrum
  • L1610 Communication-Based Intervention for Problem Behaviour
  • L1664 The Good The Bad and The Irritating: a practical approach for parents of children who are attention seeking

For kids:

  • C0151 Don’t Behave Like You Live in a Cave

Especially in class:

  • L6551 and L6597 Including Children With Attention and Behaviour Difficulties in the Foundation Stage
  • L1532 and L1608 A Practical Guide to Solving Pre-school Behaviour Problems
  • L6188 Getting the Buggars to Behave: advice on behaviour management in the classroom

Anger for children:

  • C0157 A Volcano in my Tummy: helping children to handle anger
  • C0131 Exploring Anger with Your Child
  • C0176 and C0245 The Red Beast: controlling anger in children with Aspergers Syndrome

Anger for parents:

  • L6421 Exploring Feelings: cognitive behaviour therapy to manage anger
  • L6526 The Anger Box: sensory turmoil and pain in autism
  • L6437 Anger Management: session plans using strength based solutions


  • L6581 Gardening for Children with ASD: engaging with nature to combat anxiety
  • C0212 The Panicosaurus: managing anxiety in children including those with Asperger Syndrome
  • L6241 Helping Your Anxious Child
  • L6422 Exploring Feelings: cognitive behaviour to manage anxiety

You can also download our factsheet on Managing Challenging behaviour and Parent’s Guide to Anxiety, which gives guidance on helping your child reduce feelings of anxiety.

If you would like to borrow any of these or any other books from our library, it is free of charge. Please contact Jan the Librarian on 01267 244203 or janetp@cerebra.org.uk


Autobiographical Books in our Library

We have many books in the library written by the parents of children with neurological conditions and written by people themselves about their own experiences growing up.  If you would like to borrow any of them please email the Librarian on janetp@cerebra.org.uk or if you would like to join the library, there is a membership form on the library page of our website.

Books by parents who have children with:

Brain injury from birth

  • L6128 & L6211 Blue Sky July by Nia Wyn
  • L6663 The Skies I’m Under: the rain and shine of parenting a child with complex disabilities by Rachel Wright

Acquired Brain Injury

  • L6358 Unthinkable: a mother’s tragedy, terror and triumph through a child’s traumatic brain injury


  • L6037 Ollie: the true story of a courageous life by Stephen Venables
  • L6077 The Siege: a family’s journey into the world of an autistic child by Clara Claibourne
  • L6178 A Will of His Own: reflections on parenting a child with autism by Kelly Harland
  • L6256 Growing Up Severely Autistic: they call me Gabriel by Kate Rankin
  • L6307 Not Stupid: the inspiring true story of one mother’s fight to give her autistic children the quality of life they deserve by Anna Kennedy
  • L6496 Carly’s Voice: breaking through autism by Arthur Fleishmann
  • L6514 George and Sam: the story of two brothers with autism by Charlotte Moore
  • L6580 Coming Through the Fog: a mother shares her journey of her daughters recovery from autism and sensory processing disorder to functioning recovery and independent living while providing helpful tips for other parents by Tami Goldstein
  • L6624 A Real Boy: how autism shattered our lives and made a family from the pieces by Christopher and Nicola Stevens
  • L6651 Toast: autism in the early years by Alice Boardman
  • L6149 A Friend Like Henry: the remarkable true story of an autistic boy and the dog that unlocked his world by Nuala Gardner
  • L6545 The Horse Boy: the true story of a father’s miraculous journey to heal his son by Rupert Isaacson


  • L6309 Eating an Artichoke: a mother’s perspective on Aspergers Syndrome by Echo Fling
  • L6480 The Spark: a mother’s story of nurturing genius by Kristine Barnett
  • L6623 Natural Genius: the gifts of Asperger’s Syndrome by Susan Rubinya


  • L6020 Marching to a Different Tune: diary about an ADHD boy by Jacky Fletcher
  • L6306 ADHD: a challenging journey by Anna Richards
  • L6507 The Boy From Hell: life with a child with ADHD by Alison Thompson
  • L6548 Multicoloured Mayhem: parenting the many shades of adolescents and children with autism, Asperger Syndrome and ADHD by Jacqui Jackson

Cerebral Palsy

  • L6280 My Perfect Son Has Cerebral Palsy by Marie Kennedy

Down Syndrome

  • L1299 & L6202 Expecting Adam: a true story of birth transformation and unconditional love by Martha Beck
  • L1307 Blessing by M Craig
  • L6129 Gifts: mothers reflect on how children with Down Syndrome enrich their lives by Kathryn Lynard Soper
  • L6201 Danny’s Challenge: the true story of a father learning to love his son by Danny Mardell

Learning Difficulties

  • L0767 Something’s Not Right: one family’s struggle with learning difficulties by N Lelewer
  • L6169 Miles From the Sideline: a mother’s journey with her special needs daughter by Maura Weis
  • L6198 When the Bough Breaks: a mother’s story by Julia Hollander
  • L6317 Laughing Allegra: the inspiring story of a mother’s struggle and triumph raising a daughter with learning disabilities
  • L6344 & L6555 Different Dads: father’s stories of parenting disabled children by Jill Harrison

Books by people who grew up with a condition

  • L6434 The Woman Who changed Her Brain: unlocking the extraordinary potential of the human mind by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young
  • L6214 Succeeding with Autism: hear my voice by Judith Cohen
  • L6419 & L6506 From Another Planet: autism from within by Dominique DuMortier
  • L6495 & L6620 The Reason I Jump: one boy’s voice from the silence of autism by Naoki Higashida
  • L6291 Freaks Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: a user guide to adolescence by Luke Jackson
  • L6135 ADHD: an autobiography of survival by Richard Kuendig
  • L6248 Only a Mother Could Love Him: how I lived and triumphed over ADHD
  • L1278 My Left Foot by Christie Brown (Cerebral Palsy)
  • L1346 Under the Eye of the Clock: the life story of Christopher by Christopher Nolan (Cerebral Palsy)
  • L6335 Where There’s a Will There’s a Way: Marilyn gives us a unique insight into what it is like living with Cerebral Palsy by Marilyn Earley
  • L6361 26 A Behind the Scenes Tour of Life with Cerebral Palsy by Stuart Maloney
  • L6643 If Only You Knew: a young girl growing up with Cerebral Palsy in the real world by Jacy Arthur
  • L1513 I Survived: how to get a life by P Churchill (Epilepsy)
  • AV6318 John’s Not Mad: the ground breaking QED documentary on the life of John Davidson and his struggle with Tourette’s Syndrome (dvd)
  • L6557 Passing for Normal: the memoir of a young girl’s struggle with Tourette’s Syndrome by Amy Wilensky

Books by people who have experienced a brain injury

  • L6466 The Day My Brain Exploded: a true story by Ashok Rajamani

Email janetp@cerebra.org.uk to borrow any of these books or go to our library page to view the rest of our books.

Book Reviews

Our librarian Jan reviews two of the latest additions to our Postal Lending Library.

The Skies I’m Under: the rain and shine of parenting a child with complex disabilities by Rachel Wright

2015  Born At The Right Time Publishing
£6.99  ISBN 9780993491504
L6663 in the library

Beautifully written, this book tells the story of Rachel and her husband as they come to terms with life bringing up their adored son Sam. He was born in 2005 and diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemaemic Encephalopathy which means he has Cerebral Palsy, seizures and has to be tube fed. Some days are good, some days are bad but with the support of friends and family, their faith and their enduring courage they tell their story. Other mums and dads reading it will feel they are not alone and if any of our supporters wanted to read an account of the realities of life with a disabled child, this book would tell them.

The Brain’s Way of Healing: stories of remarkable recoveries and discoveries by Norman Doidge

2016  Penguin Books
£9.99  ISBN 9780141980805
L6660 in the library

Ever heard of neuroplasticity or neurofeedback being used to repair the brain? There are lots of accounts in this book where people have had a great deal of success using these techniques. Although many of the examples do centre around conditions experienced in adulthood there is information of how it can be used for ADD, ADHD, Epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. At a time when more and more is being discovered about how the brain heals itself, this is a very inspiring book.

You can find out more about our library and sign up to be a member on our library pages.

New sensory toy tubs in our free lending library

The Sensory Sensitive Kit

The Sensory Sensitive Kit

We have made some changes to the sensory tubs that are available from our free lending library.

Up until now we have offered 8 different type of tubs – each with a collection of toys. We have decided to change the choice of tubs we offer to allow us to offer more of each type of tub and allow us to replace old and tired parts from the existing tubs.

The tubs that are being replaced are the Original Sensory Tubs; the Tactile Kit; the Sounds Kit; the Music in Box; the Visual Sensory Tub and the Mirror Diffraction Tubs.  If you were on the waiting list for any of these, you should already have been contacted to see what you would like instead.

The ‘Relaxation Sensory Tubs’ and the ‘Fidget Kits’ and ‘UV Fun Tubs’ will remain but there will now be 3 of each available for loan.

The new tubs we are offering are:

  • 3 x ‘Sensory Seeking Kits’ – items in these kits are brightly coloured, include hard textures, encourage activity and include percussion instruments and vibrating items
  • 3 x ‘Sensory Sensitive Kits’ – items in these kits are soft textured, include quiet sounds and low lighting and include items with slow moving oils, gels and glitter inside
  • There will also be one “Lucky Dip” Sensory Bag, which will contain a variety of sensory items but the contents will vary depending on what is available, these are likely to be percussion, visual and tactile items.

We hope you will like our new choice of toys, and that the waiting times will be reduced for you.

You can see the full range of items available to borrow here.

Jan, The Librarian

Borrow books on Special Educational Needs from our library

Borrow books on Special Educational Needs from our postal lending libraryWe have lots of books on Special Educational Needs available to borrow for free from our postal lending library.

The new EHC plans and SEND Code of Practice

  • L6652 The SENCO Handbook: leading and managing a whole school approach by Elizabeth Cowne
  • L6633 Special Needs and Legal Entitlement: the essential guide to getting out of the maze by Melinda Nettleton
  • L6656 The SEND Code of Practice 0 – 25 Years: policy provision and practice by Rona Tutt
  • L6655 Acheiving Successful Transitions for Young People with Disabilities: a practical guide by Jill Hughes

Special Educational Statementing (where it is still applicable)

  • L6341 and L6569 Surving the Special Educational Needs System: how to be a velvet bulldozer by Sandy Row
  • L6322 Guerilla Mum: surviving the special needs education jungle by Ellen Power


  • L6327 and L6383 Choosing a School for a Child with Special Needs by Ruth Birnbaum
  • L6167 and L6535 Special Educational Needs a Parents’ Guide by Antonia Chitty
  • L6585 Including Children with Cerebral Palsy in the Foundation Stage by Lindsay Barnes
  • L6592 Including Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the Foundation Stage by Clare Beswick
  • L6551 and L6597 Including Children with Attention and Behaviour Difficulties in the Foundation Stage by Maureen Garner
  • L6370 Key Issues in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion by Alan Hodkinson
  • L6342 How To Reach and Teach All Students in the Inclusive Classroom by Sandra Rief
  • L6455 Including Me: managing complex health needs in schools and early years settings by Jeanne Carlin
  • L6513 How To Make School Make Sense: a parents’ guide to helping the child with Asperger Syndrome by Clare Lawrence


  • L6213 Special Educational Needs Inclusion and Diversity by Norah Frederickson

Special provision

  • Schools for Special Needs Gabbitas Education 18th Edition 2013: the complete guide to special needs education in the United Kingdom
  • L6501 Personalised Learning for Young People with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties by Andrew Colley

Particularly for teachers / SENCOs

  • L6427 A Practical Guide for Teachers of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Secondary School Education by Debra Costley
  • L6412 Transforming the Role of the SENCO: achieving the national award for sen co-ordination by Fiona Hallett

Home schooling

  • L6143 Teaching at Home: a new approach to tutoring children with autism and Asperger Syndrome by Olga Holland
  • L6430 Autism and Flexischooling: a shared classroom and home schooling approach by Clare Lawrence

If you would like to borrow any of these books please contact our librarian on janetp@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 244203. To download a full list of all of our books visit our library pages.

Borrow books on Sensory Processing Disorder from our library

A list of books on sensory processing disorder to borrow for free from Cerebra's postal lending libraryThe library has more requests for books on sensory processing disorder than any other subject and the book ‘The Out of Sync Child’ by has been borrowed by more people than any other title.  We have lots of different books covering different aspects of sensory processing disorder.  If you would like to borrow any of them, please email janetp@cerebra.org.uk

Explaining sensory processing disorder

  • ‘The Out of Sync Child: recognising and coping with sensory processing disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz – L6326; L6447; L6448 & L6613
  • ‘The Sensory Processing Answerbook: practical answers to the top 250 questions parents ask by Tara Delaney – L6465 & L6604

Practical advice and sensory integration

  • ‘Too Loud Too Bright Too Fast Too Tight: what to do if you are sensory defensive in an over-stimulating world’ by Sharon Heller – L6441
  • ‘Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration’ by Ellen Yack – L6235 & L6603
  • ‘Raising a Sensory Smart Child: a definitive handbook for helping your child with sensory processing disorder issues’ by Lindsey Biel
  • ‘Parenting a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder’ by Christopher Auer – L6355
  • ‘The Out of Synd Child Had Fun: activities for kids with sensory processing disorder’ by Carol Stock Kranowitz – L6384
  • ‘Early Intervention Games: fun joyful ways to develop social and motor skills in children with ASD or sensory processing disorder’ by Barbara Sher – L6558
  • Sensory Stories for Children and Teens with Special Educational Needs: a practical guide by Joanne Grace – L6600 & L6632
  • ‘Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Special Needs: engaging with nature to combat anxiety promote sensory integration and building social skills’ by Natasha Etherington – L6581
  • ‘Helping Hyperactive Kids – A Sensory Integration Approach: techniques and tips for parents and professionals’ by Lynn Horowitz – L6508

Especially for schools

  • ‘Practical Sensory Programmes for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Special Needs’ by Sue Larkey – L6474


  • ‘Coming Through the Fog: a mother shares her journey of her daughter’s recovery from autism and sensory processing disorder to functioning recovery and independent living while providing helpful tips for other parents’ by Tami Goldstein

For kids

  • ‘Sensory Smarts: a book for kids with ADHD or ASD struggling with sensory integration problems’ by Kathleen Chara – C0191
  • ‘Ellie Bean the Drama Queen’ by Jennie Harding – C0184
  • ‘This is Gabriel: making sense of school a book about sensory processing disorder’ by Hartley Steiner – C0241

Clinical theory

  • Sensory Integration Theory and Practice 2nd Edition by Anita Bundy – L6463
  • ‘Sensory Processing Challenges: effective clinical work with kids and teens’ by Lindsey Biel – L6534

To find out more about our library visit our library pages or take a look at the rest of our monthly booklists.