The Parents’ Practical Guide to Resilience for Children Aged 2-10 on the Autism Spectrum


By Yenn Purkis (aka Jeanette), Dr Emma Goodall.
Building resilience and independence in autistic children can be hugely beneficial in helping them live an independent and rewarding life. This book is a practical resource filled based around major life events; each milestone will include exercises that you can work through to more effectively build resilience and independence in your child.


One of the challenges around a diagnosis of autism in a young person is that it can unintentionally lead to dependence and a lack of resilience and confidence. 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. The crucial work of building these skills in children with autism can begin at a very young age; the earlier the process starts the better. This book empowers parents of autistic children aged two to ten to help them promote resilience in their child. Full of activities, this practical resource will help guide parents on how to build the foundations of resilience and independence in their 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. This is a must-have resource for any parent who wants to effectively build resilience and independence in their child.



Chapter 1: Resilience and Autistic Children: An Overview.

Chapter 2: Common Characteristics of Autistic Children between Ages 2-7.

Chapter 3: What are some Common Challenges for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum?

Chapter 4: Life Events for Young Autistic Children: Strategies and Activities around Building Resilience.

Chapter 5: Common Issues for Autistic Children and their Families between Ages 6-10.

Chapter 6: Failing Successfully.


This book offers many different practical strategies and activities to promote resilience in children with autism. Every parent should read this book. Author: Peter Vermeulen, PhD. Autisme Centraal, Belgium

Purkis and Goodall have written this book right from their hearts and reading it is like a breath of fresh air. The book explains in detail how by nurturing those all important roots of resilience we can create essential supports to empower children on the Autism Spectrum. I love this book and would not hesitate to recommend it. Author: Adele Devine, Special Needs teacher, author and co founder of the multi award winning SEN Assist autism software


Yenn Purkis (aka Jeanette Purkis) is an autistic and non-binary advocate, speaker and mentor. Yenn is the author of five books on elements of autism and is a regular blogger. Yenn presented for TEDx Canberra in 2013 on the topic of autism and resilience and has been a keynote speaker at a number of events including the 2017 Asia Pacific Autism Conference and both the 2018 and the 2017 Autism@Work conferences. Yenn has worked in the Australian Public Service since 2007. They have facilitated a support group for autistic women in Canberra since 2011 and host a regular online radio program called Yenn’s Autism Show.
Yenn is highly visible in the autism community. They were named the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year. Yenn was also a finalist in the 2017 ACT Woman of the Year award. Yenn has received several awards for leadership. Yenn featured in the ABC documentary Alone in a Crowded Room.
Dr Emma Goodall has Asperger’s syndrome and has had professional experience of mental health services. She has a PhD in the area of education and the autism spectrum and is the author of a text book for teaching AS children. Emma is a Senior Autism Advisor in South Australia and an executive committee member of the Australian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR), as well as an executive committee member for the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) of Australia and New Zealand.

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