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If you have a daughter with autism or Asperger's syndrome, this book will be your primary source of information and inspiration as well as becoming your 'best friend' who understands and supports you. --Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

Eileen Riley-Hall writes as an old hand, reassuring new recruits that they, too, will survive the shock of getting a diagnosis, and showing them how to be their own child's advocate, while maintaining a healthy balance in their own lives, and the on-going life of their family. This is a heartening, and at the same time no-nonsense look at what it means to be the parent of not one, but two daughters on the autism spectrum. The author speaks with the insight, compassion, and wisdom that only come from first-hand experience…enabling new parents to make better-informed choices on their own child's behalf. --James Coplan, MD, author, Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Eileen Riley-Hall, a parent of two girls on the autism spectrum, has demonstrated with great clarity the differences between girls and boys on the spectrum. Her book addresses the complexities of girls being a 'minority in a minority group'. Without doubt her book is inspiring, positive and practical providing excellent tips on living with, understanding and supporting girls on the spectrum. A must read for all of us who care about this 'hidden' group. --Dr Judith Gould, Clinical Psychologist and Director of the NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism

About the Author

Eileen Riley-Hall is the mother of two teenage girls.  She is a high school English teacher at an inclusive public school in New York State and has worked with special needs students from preschool through to high school, in various settings, for over 25 years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849058938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849058933
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eileen Riley-Hall is the mother of two amazing daughters. Ms. Hall is also a high school English teacher at a large public school in upstate New York where she has taught many students on the spectrum over the past twenty years. The inspiration for her book came from watching the amazing progress her daughters have made through inclusive education, opportunities to participate in life, and lots of unconditional love.

Ms. Hall holds a Bachelor's degree in English and philosophy from Fordham University, and a Master's degree in English from College of Saint Rose. In addition to her book, Ms. Hall has written for the Autism Spectrum News, the Autism Asperger's Digest, and the website Special-ism.

You can also visit Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum Facebook page, where other parents of girls on the spectrum share stories and offer support and ideas.

http://www.facebook.com/AutismGirls

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dcalhoun on April 1, 2012
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As a special education teacher in public schools, I found this book to be a must-read for anyone in the field of education. Although it's written for parents of girls with Autism, it was a real eye opener and gave me a whole new perspective on girls (and boys) with Autism. It verified some of which I already knew, and it taught me a ton more. I'm not sure I will ever sit in a CSE meeting again and not think about Eileen's experiences while fighting to devise an appropriate IEP for her girls! I will be passing this book on to the teachers I work with.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Carey on April 3, 2012
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What a terrific combination of maternal anecdotes about raising children on the Autism Spectrum and intelligent, yet understandable research. Eileen Riley-Hall has written a loving account of her personal journey and interposed it with solid and timely research into educational protocols that should be explored by all parents of children who need special attention from teachers and their families. Her stories about her two beautiful daughters and their triumphs are especially compelling and situated within realistic advice for parents who are adrift within the maze of confusion about "diagnosis" and what it might mean for them and their children. Finally, someone has written something inspirational about living with Autism and how a parent's love for their children transcends any clinical "label." Bravo!!Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum: Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alex Fuller on April 20, 2012
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A must read for not only educators, but for everyone. The author gives you a view into the world of autism that you could not get anywhere. A beautifully written book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kgkdh on August 28, 2012
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"Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum" is an informative book which offers advice from a parent perspective. It touches on a wide breadth of topics, such as Education, Siblings and Autism Truths/Myths. What is particularly helpful about this book is that it addresses specific areas of concern for girls. It also discusses more challenging parenting topics such as what to do during a meltdown and the range of emotions parents often feel soon after their child is diagnosed.

This book is a wonderful resource for parents of newly diagnosed children in that it really covers so many areas of concern. And given that there is so much information about boys with autism and so little information with regards to girls and autism, it provides readers with a fresh and very much needed discussion.

It should be noted that the author leans toward traditional approaches/websites/causes of diagnosis rather than biomedical approaches/causes. I feel that I should state that up front given that some parents feel strongly one way or another regarding this topic. If you are part of the autism community, you are aware that there is often controversy regarding cause, treatment, etc. That said, I feel as though the author does a good job of focusing on information rather than inciting one particular perspective.

As a fellow parent and writer, I very much appreciate that the author has a positive outlook on prognosis and life raising an autistic child. I get that raising our children can be difficult to do at times, but as our children grow older, it is so important that we embrace acceptance. Not saying it always comes easy, but our autistic children grow into autistic adults, and they often take offense to the constant barrage of negative comments regarding autism, rightly so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Wombles on May 15, 2012
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As almost every parent of an autistic child knows, there is no shortage of books out there on autism, but true gems are rare. Eileen Riley-Hall's new book Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum is just that, though, a true gem and a must-have book for anyone with daughters on the spectrum.

Eileen and I both have two girls on the spectrum, and both of them are two years apart, and she and I are both English teachers, so it's natural I would feel a sense of kinship with her. She's also resolute about facing the challenges our children face and we face as parents with a positive attitude and a solid belief in all of our abilities to cope with the challenges and thrive--even when those challenges remain. She's also extremely candid, speaking about the need to take care of ourselves and to seek out therapists for our children and ourselves. Equipping our daughters and ourselves with any and every tool at our disposal is an absolute must.

Each chapter closes with five key take-away messages, making a nice bullet-point summary for readers to turn to when they're looking for a short, sweet message of hope and a dose of reality.

There is hope and there is much to celebrate about our children, and when we are armed with that we can take heart when we read sentences like:

"Although our girls do face some tough challenges, helping your daughter discover the unique person she is can make having a girl a spectacular experience."

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"Whatever she does, she will do it her way, with her distinctive brand of quirkiness.
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