About Us


All those involved in its preparation are passionate about this book.
We have great hopes for it and its positive impact on young lives.
We would like to thank all those who have contributed to the project.


Helen bates ~ The Author

Helen Bates is a retired social worker and family therapist. She now works as a CAMH Learning and Development Consultant, providing mental health training to staff in schools and colleges. Her daughter Rachel was diagnosed with autism as an adult.

Rachel Bates ~ The 'Real Tilly'

Rachel is the "real Tilly". She was diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum six years ago at the age of 33. She lives independently with support workers coming in to help with day to day living. She enjoys playing golf, listening to music and reading history.

Ellen Li ~ The Illustrator

Ellen Li is a London-based illustrator and designer. She aims to approach familiar subjects from new perspectives in her work. Ellen studied at London College of Communication. See more of her work at ellenmakes.com.

A special thank you to... 
Susan Potter,  Arts evaluation and research
Rosie Barnes,  Documentary photographer & Author of Understanding Stanley
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University
Professor Gillian Baird OBE,  Vice President of the National Autistic Society, Vice President of Afasic and consultant in children’s neurodisability
Alis Rowe,  Entrepreneur and Founder of The Curly Hair Project
Danuta Bulhak-Paterson, Clinical Psychologist and author of I am an Aspie Girl: A book for young girls with autism spectrum conditions
Sarah Hendrickx,  Autistic adult and author of Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Despina Giza,  Med In Special Education Needs, Autism