Girls on the Spectrum

There is so much information about boys and autism that girls are going to get their own section. The base of literature on girls with autism continues to grow, but the list below should be helpful for starters.

Growing into a young lady Zimmerman, Barb
Call Number: 612.661 Zimmer
ISBN: 9781438972701
Pub. Info: [S.l.] : Authorhouse, 2010
Notes: "Adolescence is tough on all girls. Hair where there was no hair before, growing breasts and then it's time to start wearing a bra!... This book shows girls in simple language what to expect and how to take care of their changing bodies. Using a few sentences per page this book is perfect for young ladies with developmental delays. "--Publisher's website
Middle school: the stuff nobody tells you about : a teenage girl with high-functioning autism shares her experiences / Moss, Haley.
Call Number: 373.236 Moss
ISBN: 1934575623
Pub. Info: Shawnee Mission, Kan. : Autism Asperger Pub. Co., c2010.
Notes: "Middle school is an intimidating time for most students, but for students with autism spectrum disorders, it can be a veritable minefield of hidden curriculum rules, social misunderstandings and cliques - and that's before they even get to the academics! ... a teenager with high-functioning autism relates her own experiences in middle school. Aimed at young teens, Middle School tackles the issues that girls this age care about: fitting in, making friends, wearing the right clothes, succeeding academically and more. The book's "for teens, by teens" approach makes it an easy, fun read while giving readers practical tips that they can use in their everyday lives. Haley - already an accomplished artist - also illustrated the book."--Publisher's website.
The independent woman's handbook for super safe living on the autistic spectrum / Steward, Robyn.
Call Number: 616.85882 Steward
ISBN: 9781849053990 (alk. paper)
Notes: In the same way that seatbelts give added protection to drivers, allowing them to travel safely wherever they choose to go, this practical book will help protect women on the autistic spectrum to negotiate risks and dangers as they live independent lives. Certain traits common to autism such as difficulty interpreting social cues can leave women susceptible to compromising their personal safety. Advocating that no woman on the autistic spectrum should be scared to enjoy independence provided she has the right knowledge and coping strategies in place, this book is filled with practical advice (for ages 16 plus) on how to stay safe while living life to the full. Informed by a survey of women on and off the autistic spectrum, it gets to the heart of the specific safety challenges faced by women, and offers numerous easy-to-use strategies to help avoid and overcome them. Topics covered include friendships, relationships and sex, alcohol and drugs, money and employment, and staying safe outside of the home and online. This will be a trusted and empowering companion for women on the spectrum and will also be valuable and insightful reading for anyone who cares for a woman on the spectrum, including their families, friends and teachers.
Girls under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorders : practical solutions for addressing everyday challenges / Ernsperger, Lori.

Call Number: 618.9285882 Ernspe
ISBN: 1931282471 (pbk.)
Pub. Info: Shawnee Mission, Kan. : Autism Asperger Pub. Co., c2007.

Erin's period book Zimmerman, Barb
Call Number: 612.662 Zimmer
ISBN: 9781438972695
Pub. Info: [S.l.] : Authorhouse, 2010
Notes: "Erin's Period Book uses simple language to explain the scary process of menstruation. Detailed photographs show young ladies how to change a pad. This book is a wonderful tool to teach girls with developmental delays how to take care of their feminine hygiene needs, at home, school or in the community." -- back cover.
Asperger's and girls : world-renowned experts join those with Asperger's Syndrome to resolve issues that girls and women face every day! Attwood, Tony.
Call Number: 616.858832 Attwoo
ISBN: 193256540X
Pub. Info: Arlington, Tex. : Future Horizons, Inc., 2006.
Notes: "...describes the unique challenges of women and girls with AspergerÕs Syndrome. In it youÕll read candid stories written by the indomitable women who have lived them. YouÕll also hear from experts who discuss whether ÒAspie girlsÓ are slipping under the radar, undiagnosed; why many AS women feel like a minority within a minority (outnumbered by men 4:1); practical solutions school systems can implement for girls; social tips for teenage girls, navigating puberty, the transition to work or university, and the importance of careers."
A girl's guide to growing up!
Call Number: 612.661 Girls
ISBN: 9781559423601
Pub. Info: Shawnee Mission, Kan. : Marsh Media, [2005];
Wheeling, Ill. : Film Ideas.
Target Audience: Grades 5-8.
Notes: Sexual development of girls in the adolescent years. "... covers the following important topics: external anatomy, physical and emotional changes of puberty, health and hygiene, privacy and safety. In addition to the DVD/Video (Run Time: 16:43), the comprehensive kit includes an extensive teaching guide (36 pages) and packets of 10 student booklets (32 pages each). The instructional material is organized in chapter format, allowing for lesson breaks, instructional focus and revision. Designed for students with mild to moderate disabilities ..."--Publisher's website.
Girls growing up on the autism spectrum what parents and professionals should know about the pre-teen and teenage years Nichols, Shana.
Call Number: EBOOK
ISBN: 9781843108559 (pb : alk. paper)
Pub. Info: London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009.
Notes: 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.