- Paperback: 243 pages
- Publisher: Autism Asperger Pub Co; 1 edition (August 31, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931282471
- ISBN-13: 978-1931282475
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Solutions for Addressing Everyday Challenges 1st Edition
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About the Author
LORI ERNSPERGER, Ph.D., is an expert in the field of autism and behavioral disorders with over 22 years experience working in the public schools as a classroom teacher, administrator, and behavioral consultant. She owns and operates Autism and Behavioral Consulting, an agency that works with school district personnel and families to provide effective educational programs and best practice strategies for students with autism and behavioral disorders. Dr. Ernsperger has authored two books, Keys to Success for Teaching Students with Autism and Just Take a Bite: Easy Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges. DANIELLE WENDEL is the mother of 11-year-old Mattie, who has Asperger Syndrome, and an 8-year-old son, Nicholas. Danielle is the co-founder of The Asperger s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism Support Group created to provide support and information to parents and professionals of school-aged children through young adults with ASD. She is a member of the Autism Coalition of Nevada, which supports legislation and public awareness for individuals with ASD. Danielle also presents on Asperger Syndrome to the local universities and public school district staff.
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Top Customer Reviews
In addition to the interesting topic of gender difference in ASD and how it presents, this book is a "scrapbook" or journal of personal journeys from the perspective of young and young at heart ladies on the autism spectrum...the challenges they have faced, their hurdles and successes. It brings a unique insight into the world of autism from a girl's point of view.
The book is also a great resource including an appendix full of suggestions, checklists, plans, resources, etc. to help parents help their daughters navigate through the world of IEPs, advocacy and social skills. An even more important resource comes from the women who are advocating for these young ladies and are living examples to what those with autism can do with their life and suggestions on how to succeed...for example from Temple Grandin and Zosia Zaks.
I would highly suggest this book for a parent with a daughter who has been diagnosed with autism and/or a young lady who would like to further understand her autism. Also, teachers and para-professionals would learn a LOT from this book and it's a quick read full of information.
The "icing on the cake" was the wonderful painting and poem by Amanda, a fine young lady with autism.
I tried to then judge the book based on what I think it really was---a book about the high end of the spectrum for girls with ASD. Even there, I would not say it really stands out from the many other general books of this type. There's a bit of a chapter about dating and hygenie, but the advice is rather non-specific. I've been thinking about how I will help my daughter with issues like her period, if she has no idea what is going on---things like that weren't addressed here. The advice on toilet training, IEP meetings, food issues---all fairly sound if not in depth, but none are issues not covered in other books.
I also looked in vain for information about studies of girls with autism and how it differs than autism in boys. I've read here and there how although there are less girls with classic autism, it is often more severe in girls. I wanted the author's take on that, and on how classic autism might show itself differently in the early years in girls. The latter was addressed mainly in statements along the lines of how autism in girls might be missed until they are in elementary school, because the girls have such good verbal skills. Well, what if they don't?
The personal accounts scattered here and there were interesting, but once again, obviously written by very literate and bright women. I guess ASD is a huge umbrella, and perhaps I am way off near one edge with my daughter, and felt a little rained on by this book. However, if you have a bright, verbal girl with mild autism or with Aspergers, this book might be helpful. Otherwise, I'd wait for a book for the rest of us.
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