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Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum: Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts Paperback – April 15, 2012
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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
Riley-Hall comes across as a strong, loving mother who has much to share and her experiences and outlook would no doubt be an inspiration to many. (asteens)
Eileen Riley-Hall has produced a book full of pride but without a hint of vanity. This is a mother whose pride in her, each very different, daughters jumps off the page...I felt I'd got to know a family, was given a glimpse into a loving relationship between a devoted mum and her girls and was left wanting to get to know them better still. For this reason and that Eileen Riley-Hall's voice is a much needed one of balance and pride, I'm hoping for a follow up. (Autismum blog)
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, 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)
Eileen shares with her readers the unique experiences of females with ASDs and the challenges that they and their families face; challenges such as minority status within a minority, social expectations for females to be good at social-communication, the risks of depression and anxiety, handling mean girls who bully in ways that are different than the bullying of boys, hygiene and fashion, and making friends. Whether your daughter is a spunky spitfire or a quiet little lady, you will find her somewhere in Eileen's words, and I guarantee that you will not feel alone. (from the Foreword by Shana Nichols, clinical psychologist, Owner and Director of the ASPIRE Centre for Learning and Development, New York State and author of Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum.)
Eileen Riley-Hall has encouraged her daughters to grow into beautiful and delightful young women and has developed distinctive strategies to develop their potential. (Gayle Buckley MD, paediatrician, New York state)
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)
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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."
"Whatever she does, she will do it her way, with her distinctive brand of quirkiness.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had high hopes for this book, but in the end just found the author/mother, to be bitter and determined that the only sure treatment for Autistic girls, is to throw them straight... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Watermark 617
I wish someone would have handed this book to me the day i got my daughter's diagnosis. I still found it helpful, insightful and positive. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Vaz3
Eileen always talks about how sweet her daughters are and how much she loves them! She has so many challenges but continues to love them with great patience! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Josh
I have a daughter who was recently diagnose pdd. I was devastated, not knowing how to help her. This book gave me insight and hope that my daughter will be just fine. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Melanie
I purchased this for our ASD daughter to give to her father for father's day. He was very happy to get it and he's reading and studying it right now. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jacqueline A. Willis
Wonderful book, insightful and encouraging. I would recommend anyone who has a child on the spectrum to read this book.Published 22 months ago by BLokey
I found this book very uplifting!!! I like how Eileen Hall does not promise unrealistic results and "cures" but just good information and life experiences as another parent... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sonia White
I can't believe it took me this long to get around to reading this book. My daughter's dx was nearly two years ago, and I have read a TON of books since then- some have been... Read morePublished 24 months ago by shercurrie