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Brenda Boyd

Brenda Boyd holds a degree in law from Queens University, Belfast, and has previously worked as a solicitor with her own law practice. Her son Kenneth Hall is the author of Asperger Syndrome the Universe and Everything also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Following Kenneth's diagnosis at the age of nine, Brenda became increasingly involved with local autism charities. She has worked for the National Autistic Society and qualified as a Life Coach specialising in Asperger Syndrome. Today she works with her husband, singer songwriter Bap Kennedy. She has recorded an album of her own original songs and plays bass guitar in Bap’s band. Brenda and Bap are co-patrons of Autism NI. Her website can be viewed at

JKP publications by Brenda Boyd

  1. Parenting a Teen or Young Adult with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

    Parenting a Teen or Young Adult with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

    325 Ideas, Insights, Tips and Strategies

    Brenda Boyd

    325 astute and practical ideas, insights, tips and strategies address how to maintain an open and healthy relationship with your child as they become independent adults, designed to foster understanding between family members and help the young person with issues such as social vulnerability and peer relationships, self-esteem, anxiety and change. Learn More
    2013, Paperback / softback, 9.02in x 6.06in / 229mm x 154mm, 240pp, £13.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84905-282-5
    2013, Ebook, ePUB, 240pp, £13.99
    ISBN: 978-0-85700-587-8
  2. Appreciating Asperger Syndrome

    Appreciating Asperger Syndrome

    Looking at the Upside - with 300 Positive Points

    Brenda Boyd

    Brenda Boyd shows that for every characteristic of AS that can be looked at negatively, there are several positive aspects that can be drawn on and developed. Discussing AS in general terms, she talks through the reasons why people with AS approach life in the way they do, and what an enormous contribution they make to the world. Learn More
    2009, Paperback / softback, 8.98in x 6.18in / 228mm x 157mm, 224pp, £12.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-625-8
    2009, Ebook, ePUB, 224pp, £12.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-913-2
  3. Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome

    Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome

    200 Tips and Strategies

    Brenda Boyd

    Brenda is mother to thirteen-year-old Kenneth, author of Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything. Brenda discusses parents' reaction to their child's AS and gives advice on how better to understand 'Planet Asperger'. This book helps parents to respond positively to the challenge of AS and find the 'treasure' in their child's way of being. Learn More
    2003, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.22in / 234mm x 158mm, 208pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-137-6
    2003, Ebook, ePUB, 208pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-420-5