The Secret Life of Rose

Rose Smitten & Jodie Smitten

Inside An Autistic Head

In 2021 I co-authored a book with my daughter, Rose, who was then aged x.

Each section is written from two perspectives; Rose's as an Autistic child and mine as an Autistic adult and parent of an Autistic child.

With nearly 300 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4.8 out of 5, we are so incredibly touched and honoured that our books has supported so many Autistic children to understand themselves.

Below are some of the reviews of the book and you can buy it from Amazon.

"A beautifully and honestly written book, shown from the perspectice of an incredibly insightful Autistic child. This books provides and incredible learning opportunity for parents and professionals and is not one to be missed."

Kieran Rose, The Autistic Advocate

"Rose and Jodie's guide to Autistic life will be a blessing for children everywhere. It answers all the questions you might feel too embarassed or scared to ask, explains things in a way that actually make sense and is full of practical tips for coping and managing every day."

Dr Pooky Knightsmith

"Both Rose and Jodie provide such honest opinions which go someway towards dispelling those pesky autism myths; it was refreshing to say the least to read about Rose’s empathic abilities! It is impressive how many gems of wisdom are packed into this book; I found myself devouring it at speed – and immediately returning to the beginning to allow myself more time to digest what I was reading."

Dr Luke Beardon


The reason I’m writing this book is because I want people to understand autism from my perspective. This means that I will be telling you about my autism and how it affects me.

Rose Smitten

What our readers love about our book

4.8 out of 5 stars

"The combined level of insight here is so important, so valuable, because it provides the bit that's usually missing: insight."

"The best book on autism for girls I've found so far. Really insightful. Love the child and adult perspectives given."

"We loved it included a section on masking! Our son related to this and this has helped him greatly, he was fascinated in Rose and that she had made this book!"

"This book is wonderful. I love how you clearly (& importantly!) hear the child’s voice first, through Rose, then also get further explanation from her mum, who also works in the field and is autistic herself."

"This is the first book I have found that I am happy to give my younger children to read as it is written by a child for children and, whilst it discusses some of the challenges of being autistic, it primarily focuses on the strengths."

"I was recommended this book by #actuallyautistic friends online and it has been by far the best book to read with my kiddo! My 9yo and I have read other books but none have left quite the impression. My kid sees herself in Rose's words, she gets really happy and exclaims “Yes! That’s what it feels like!”"

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