Girls with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often quite different from boys with an ASD.
In this fully-illustrated, color storybook, Lizzie, an "Aspie Girl", talks about all the things she and other girls with Asperger syndrome sometimes find difficult, and all of the things that make them special.
Lizzie is an Aspie Girl: she has Asperger's syndrome, which means that her brain works differently to her friends, and even from boys with Asperger's syndrome. In this book, Lizzie explains what it's like to be an Aspie girl, including how she has a special talent for blending in with her friends, how she gets really tired after being at school all day, how she worries about making mistakes, and how she finds it hard to understand how she is feeling.
By simply, clearly and positively explaining the social differences associated with Asperger's syndrome, or autism spectrum disorder, in young girls, this book will help Aspie girls aged 5 years and over to understand their diagnosis, recognize their unique strengths and celebrate their differences, and find ways of coping with difficulties. This positive and celebratory book also contains helpful discussion points for parents and professionals to explore further with the girls in their care.
"Sometimes the best books are the shortest books. This book does not have many pages but the text is succinct and clearly and accurately describes the characteristics and experiences of girls who have an autism spectrum condition. Each illustration is worth a thousand words and will be perceived as engaging and enjoyable for young children, adolescents and adults. I recommend this short and insightful book to parents, teachers and colleagues as an easy-to-read explanation of ASC in girls, and to the girls themselves to explain their everyday thoughts, emotions and experiences to those who need to know."--from the foreword by Tony Attwood, Minds and Hearts Clinic, Brisbane, Australia.
"This sensitive and warm book, complete with insightful text and lovely drawings will surely encourage the peers of kids with Asperger syndrome (AS) to better understand, empathize with, and accept their Aspie pals. The afterword by Dr Tony Attwood will additionally help the adult readers of the book come to an even deeper awareness that can then lead the way for more meaningful discussion of ASD."--Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome.
32 pages. 2015
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