Author: Deborah Brownson MBE


I was devastated when both of my beautiful sons were diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Crippled with worry about what the future held for them, I quickly became overwhelmed with the amount of information I needed to learn in order to help them. It all seemed so daunting that I didn’t even know where to start. 

Having been brought up to act instead of moan, I decided to write down everything I wish someone had told me, when I first began on this journey, in a concise and fun way.


I don't profess to be an expert on autism. I can only write with experience on how my children are affected. Hopefully this insight will help you understand the child in your life better. 


The title for the book, ‘He’s not naughty!’ was born out of utter frustration at the never ending disapproving looks as one or both of my sons had public meltdowns. I’ve often thought about having it tattooed on my head for all the world to see!


Often having wondered how my children’s minds worked, I searched high and low for two years to find, Ben Mason, a talented illustrator who had also been diagnosed with mild Asperger’s Syndrome, in order to give a true visual representation of what it truly feels like to have Autism.  

The project took over four years to complete with invaluable input from other parents, grand-parents, teachers, teaching assistants, Educational Psychologists, Consultant Paediatricians and the Clinical Director for Children's Community Health Services NHS Cumbria. I sincerely hope that my book helps everyone surrounding your child understand him or her better and that you also see that it’s not the end of the world, but the start of a new and very colourful chapter.


Before writing this book, Deborah worked in Manchester for over ten years as a Civil Litigation

Solicitor until she was forced to become a full time carer for her boys. Deborah is married to

Gareth and lives in The Lake District with her their sons, Joshua & Jacob and their gorgeous

cocker-spaniels Blaze & Loki.


Deborah campaigns for better autism awareness in schools and her autism journey has led

her to The House of Commons and 10 Downing Street. Deborah has also made a short film with

the BBC. She advises on autism on The A-Word and is Virgin Atlantic's Autism Ambassador.

As well as being an author, Deborah helps families, businesses, NHS and schools to better understand autism. She is also a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant.

In January 2018, Deborah was awarded an MBE, for her outstanding contribution to global Autism Awareness.