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Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Practical Solutions for Addressing Everyday Challenges

Co-authored by an experienced professional and a mother of a young girl on the autism spectrum, this much-needed book combines the best of both worlds: It gives a voice to girls on the autism spectrum by providing insightful, first-hand accounts while also detailing research-based strategies and practical techniques for addressing the specific needs of girls on the spectrum. The extensive coverage of girls from early childhood through adolescence and early adulthood gives parents and educators access to a wealth of information that is typically hard to find. Personal vignettes by families and girls living with ASD make this both a heartfelt book and a practical resource.


Lori Ernsperger, PhD, an expert in the field of autism and behavioral disorders, has 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. This summer AAPC will publish Dr. Ernsperger latest release, Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Solutions for Addressing Everyday Challenges.

Danielle Wendel is the mother of 11-year-old Mattie, who has Asperger Syndrome, and an 8-year-old 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. This summer AAPC will publish Danielle’s latest release, Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Solutions for Addressing Everyday Challenges.

ISBN: 9781931282475

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Joanna Keating-Velasco - What a refreshing perspective this book offers by focusing on girls under the autism spectrum. I found it fascinating and shocking while reading this book to discover that their may be a vast number of undiagnosed girls flying under the proverbial radar due to how society views gender differences which could affect whether or not a girl is diagnosed with autism versus being viewed as shy and/or eccentric. This book does many things including discussing that "the underdiagnosing of girls with ASD is due to our reliance on male prototype of autism, whereby diagnosis is based on behaviors that are more extreme in how they present themselves to the clinician or educator." 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.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Michele White - My 9 year old daughter has recently been diagnosed with PDD. I knew "something" was wrong but never had a name for what it was. Her diagnosis has finally told me where we are in the world of disabilities and this book is like a map. It has given me suggestions on how to manage behaviors, suggestions for IEPs and even potential therapy goals. I would recommend this book to anyone with a daughter in the spectrum.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Alyson Hinkie - I appreciated the fresh perspective from the author -- through the eyes of a Mom. The stories from other parents were compelling. This book was more about navigating the maze of resources outside the home, with very little information about managing Asperger's within the family. If you have a Asperger's girl in school, there are many points that will be helpful. As a home schooling Mom (for now), I'm putting it on the shelf for a possible future reference.
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