The Autism Detective

Investigating What Autism Means to You


"Dear Kit and Scully, your mission is to learn about autism. On this quest you will need to investigate the human brain and learn about diversity."

What do you know about autism? Whether you know a little or a lot, you are invited to explore your understanding of the autism spectrum and discover something new by joining detectives Scully and Kit on their investigation. As Scully and Kit interview six ordinary children, follow the clues and see if you can guess which of them are autistic.

This book puts the spotlight on six children that openly talk about their experiences at school and at home. By the end of the book, two children reveal what autism means to them. Read this alone or with an adult and learn about autism, diversity, how we are all unique and what we all share.

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Press reviews for: The Autism Detective

Kathy Hoopmann, author of All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Bird Have Anxiety

What a brilliant book! I love it for so many reasons - it's clever, it's funny, it's thought provoking and extremely informative, plus the illustrations are excellent! Elaine Brownless and Mai-Ann Burns have managed to capture the essence of autism and reveal the positives of diversity whilst gently revealing the challenges that those on the autism spectrum deal with on a day-to-day basis. Highly recommended.

K. I. Al-Ghani, University Lecturer in Autism, Autism trainer and international author of books on ASD

Many people are clueless when it comes to understanding Autism. Aided by two aspiring detectives - Kit & Scully and a super smart cat, called Minnie, this book invites us to don our deerstalkers and set off on a journey of discovery. Through its positive lens, we will see the commonalities, challenges and unique strengths of those with autism and celebrate its delightful diversity. A powerful teaching tool - full of child-friendly activities and information.

Debby Elley, author of 15 Things They Forgot to Tell You About Autism and co-author of The Ice Cream Sundae Guide to Autism.

With an early understanding of autism, the next generation of children will be lucky enough to appreciate the value of inclusion and the importance of diversity. This fully illustrated book effortlessly covers a lot of important ground using a fun, interactive format, as well as answering real questions about autism in an easy-to-read style. I'd recommend this book as a valuable tool for peer training.

Dr Glòria Durà-Vilà, NHS and Private Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, author of My Autism Book, The Amazing Autistic Brain and Me and my PDA.

Elaine has used her two hats - being a mum of an autistic child and a specialist ASD teacher - wonderfully, to create this original and fun book for children to learn about neurodiversity and Autism, while they embark on a mystery-solving detective adventure!

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