Review: Self-Care for Autistic People by Megan Anna Neff

Posted June 10, 2024 by Lola in Non-Fiction, Review / 1 Comment

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Self-Care for Autistic PeopleSelf-Care for Autistic People
by Megan Anna Neff

My Rating:
Genre: Non-fiction/ self help/ self-care/ austism

Ditch the stigma, celebrate your identity, and put yourself first with these 100+ exercises that reinforce the idea that neurodiversity is a strength and teaches you how to relax, destress, find your community, practice self-love, and more.

When you’re autistic, it can be tough to prioritize wellness.

Self-Care for Autistic People can help you engage in some neurodivergent self-care—without pretending to be neurotypical. You’ll find more than 100 activities that help you accept yourself, destigmatize autism, find your community, and take care of your physical and mental health. You’ll find solutions for managing the challenging aspects of autism, as well as ideas to bring out the many positive aspects. With expert advice from therapist Megan A. Neff, this book will help you make the most of your life and your diagnosis.

My Review

I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

I knew Megan Anne Neff from her website and podcast and was excited to hear she was writing a book. I jumped on the chance to read and review this one. I thought this was a very informative book filled with so many great ideas for self-care for autistic people.

I thought this was a great read with lots of ideas about self care for autistic people. There were tips I already knew, mostly because I already read and listened a lot about the topic in general and to the author’s other content in particular, but even so there were plenty of new to me tips. I also appreciated having all these ideas combined in one book. I liked the writing style and the positive and encouraging tone of the book. It’s very neurodivergent affirming and I liked that.

I feel like the strength of this book really is how broad it is. There are so many tips in it, so many ideas. While not all of them resonated with me, plenty did. And there were a few tips that really resonated with me I wanted to try and even some I implemented right away. And I feel most people will find at least a few things they can use in here.

At the same time I also felt that the broadness of the book was something I struggled with at times. There are just so many tips and information in there, but none of it goes as deep as I want. Sometimes I just wanted more information on a certain point and was left with questions. It also could be a bit overwhelming at times as there are so many tips, so I ended up reading this one in little snippets which worked better for me so I could process the information better. This is a book I hope to re-read in the future, so I can pick up more ideas and remind myself of ones that I’ve forgotten already.

To summarize: This is a great book about self-care for autistic people. I found it informative and found plenty of useful tips. The tone is very neurodivergent affirming, which I liked. I think the strength of this book lies in how broad it is, with so many self-care ideas in there. That’s also the downside for me in a way as I felt at times it didn’t go deep enough. It also could be a bit much and overwhelming, so I read in small snippets as that worked better for me. I think this book a great starting point to get an overview of autistic self-care.

4 Stars


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