Amy Nielsen

Amy Nielsen

Amy Nielsen spent nearly twenty years on the other side of the writing aisle as a children’s librarian, sharing her love of books with young readers. Daily immersion in story took root, and she started penning her YA debut, Worth It, behind her checkout desk. When her youngest son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, life shifted. She used her love of writing to help other families and started the Big Abilities blog.

She is the author of It Takes a Village: How to Build A Support System for your Exceptional Needs Family and the picture book, Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder. She recently had a piece featured in the Writer’s Workout Our Pandemic anthology. Amy also freelances for The Autism Helper, Playground Magazine, and other online publications. 

When not writing, she and her family can be found boating in Tampa Bay. You can find Amy at http://www.bigabilities.com or http://www.amynielsenauthor.com


Coming in April 2023

We all know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. But what you may not know is that this familiar fairytale can also help us understand autism spectrum disorder.

As a mother of a child with ASD, Amy struggled to find materials to share with her son’s cousins and peers on the complexities of ASD, what to expect, and how to interact and have fun with a person on the spectrum.

So, she created her own!

Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder is a retelling of a beloved classic. In this unique version, Goldilocks exhibits many of the characteristics of a child with autism, such as sensory sensitivities and challenges in understanding social norms.

As an added bonus, this one-of-a-kind story includes an ASD glossary of terms as well as discussion questions.  It is perfect for libraries, classrooms, families of children with autism, or readers of all ages who want to learn more about ASD.

While every person’s autism presents differently, Goldilocks’ autism can help the reader understand the autism of someone they know a little better.


Coming in May 2023

Discover how to build your village and raise your Special Needs child in a supportive, loving community.

With an authentic and conversational tone, It Takes A Village is an inspiring book that seeks to illuminate the challenges that parents of children with ADHD or Autism face, providing a wealth of practical strategies and advice for helping you navigate your role as a caregiver to neurodivergent kids.

Designed to help readers appreciate the value of a support system, this heartfelt book empowers parents of all backgrounds with the tools they need to surround themselves with positive, encouraging, and supportive people – from friends and family to professionals and non-profit groups. Plus, with a collection of exercises and prompts, you can keep track of your parenting journey and track your progress over time.

Here’s just a little of what you’ll discover inside:

  • Essential Self-Care Tips To Help You Build a Strong Foundation For Your Family
  • Why Building a Support System Is a Powerful Way To Help You Manage The Struggles of Parenthood
  • How To Make Connections Inside and Outside The Special Needs Community
  • Why Professionals and Non-Profit Groups Can Be an Invaluable Resource For Your Child
  • Practical Worksheets So You Can Track Your Progress
  • And So Much More!

Perfect for any parent, caregiver, or educator who wants to better understand how to care for children with Autism or ADHD, It Takes A Village champions the age-old benefits of community, challenging and encouraging you to embrace your support group and fill your family with love.

Are you ready to start building your village? 


Coming May 2024

Seventeen-year-old Angela Carter intended to pick out prom dresses with her best friend and fill out college applications during her senior year. But after her father abandons the family and her addict mother kicks her out, the now-pregnant teen’s new normal is keeping her pressure cooker older boyfriend, Dale, from erupting.

When an intoxicated Dale loses control of her car one night, Angela fears she’ll never hold her unborn child. But something worse happens; they all survive. Desperate for what little stability he provides, and for fear of his retaliation, Angela lies to the police when questioned about the accident. Her lie not only protects him from a DUI but also conceals a darker secret—what happens behind the closed doors of their single-wide trailer.

Let us know if you have questions for Amy Nielson