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Girls Growing Up On The Autism Spectrum:
What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years

by Shana Nichols with Gina Marie Moravcik and Samara Pulver Tetenbaum

Item: 9781843108559

Format: softcover
Pages: 352

Growing up isn’t easy, and the trials and tribulations of being a teenager can be particularly confusing for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This book covers all the concerns commonly faced by girls with ASDs and their parents, from periods and puberty to worries over friendships and “fitting in”.

Taking a good look at these adolescent issues, and many more, within the context of specific areas of difficulty for girls with ASDs, the authors provide families with the knowledge and advice they need to help their daughters - and the whole family - through the teenage years. This book addresses core issues such as cognition, communication, behaviour, sensory sensitivities, and social difficulties; it gives candid and realistic advice on a wide range of important teenage topics.

Providing professional perspectives alongside personal experiences from mothers, daughters and educators, this is a unique and indispensible guide for families and their daughters with ASDs, as well as the teachers and professionals who work with them.

Author’s Notes.
1. What Do We Currently Know About Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders?
2. Approaching Adolescence: Anticipation, Anxiety, Adaptation and Acceptance?
3. Puberty or ‘Do My Parents Know You’re Here?’
4. The Red Spot: Periods, Pads and Pelvic Exams.
5. Feeling Good Inside and Out: Self-perception and Self-confidence.
6. The Social Landscape of Adolescence: Friendships and Social Status.
7. Healthy Sexuality for Girls with ASDs.
8. Keeping Girls Safe: Promoting Personal Safety in the Real World.
9. Our Journey: A Mother and her Daughter with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Conclusion: Embracing Change.
“The authors unflinchingly address the most challenging issues of girls and puberty with grace and matter-of-fact discussions of pelvic exams, periods, eating disorders, healthy sexuality, and self-perception. The discussions range from choosing undergarments to the difference in boys’ and girls’ aggression in adolescence. Full of hints from other parents, research results, and suggestions from professionals, this book is an essential guide to adolescence for parents of girls on the spectrum (and it’s also great for parents of boys!).”
- the Spectrum, The Newsletter of The Autism Society of North Carolina, US

“This book provides a valuable insight into the concerns commonly faced by girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), and their parents. It offers advice and coping strategies on a host of areas, including approaching adolescence, navigating puberty, self-perception and self-confidence, understanding friendships, looking at healthy sexuality, promoting personal safety and many more...The book has a warm and engaging reading style, and the may case studies of experiences from families, daughters and educators provide brave testimonies and excellent recommendations for support; a useful reference list is also provided. This book is a must have read for those interested in helping females on the autistic spectrum.”
- Youth in Mind

“It gives me great pleasure to introduce ASQ readers to this terrific book!...Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum is an A+ read!”
- Liane Holliday Willey, EdD, Autism Spectrum Quarterly

“This book is not only reassuring; it is inspiring, and bursting with ideas and achievable strategies. The authors write with authority and conviction, and tackle even the most difficult and delicate of topics. If ever you needed to be convinced that girls with ASD can overcome the difficulties and challenges of puberty and adolescence, have successful friendships and relationships and enjoy a healthy sexuality, then take the time to read this book-it is a must-have for families, teachers and therapists alike.”
- Sarah Attwood, author of Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex and Relationships for People with Asperger’s Syndrome

“The authors tackle an important and sensitive issue for young people with ASC. The information presented is based in research and presented clearly in a most usable format. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to young people (it might even help a few boys!) with ASC and their parents.”
- E. Veronica Bliss, psychologist and Director of Missing Link Support Services, Ltd


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