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Sisterhood of the Spectrum
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(A Beautiful Idea). This Calls for a Rewrite. The Microphone: Let Me Hear Your Voice, Spectrum Girls. Quotealicious Page #1. Mini-Chapters. 1. Spelunking: Discovering the Typical Diamond You Already Are. 2. Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Why You Don't Need a GPS to "Find Yourself". 3. No Spoilers, Sweetie: A Story about Stories...And a Relay Race. 4. Let Me Introduce You...to Yourself. 5. Playing Dominoes In Reverse: Know Where You Want to Go If You Want to Get There. 6. Decisions, Decisions: What You Choose IS What Continues. 7. "No" Is a Complete Sentence: People Pleasing vs. Pleasing Yourself. 8. Anxiety: The Nemesis of All Awesomeness. Something Special: The Box on the Shelf. 9. You Cannot Actually Die of Embarrassment. 10. Blanching at Perfectionism: Real Girls Aren't Perfect. And Perfect Girls Aren't Real. Less Stress - More You (Alternatives to Self-Harm). Something Special: Daisy's Lesson. Quotealicious Page #2. 11. Sexuality: The Venn Diagram They Didn't Teach in School. 12. No 'Right' Way to 'Be a Girl.' 13. The Question Box: Why THAT Would Be a Good Idea (Or Not). 14. Body Blow: How You "Measure" Up. 15. Function over Form: Your Shape, Senses...and Bras. 16. Why Romeo and Juliet is Not a Love Story. 17. Danger Signs. 18. The Particulars: Falling in Like with Your Eyes Wide Open. Quotealicious Page #3. Something Special: The Evil Twins. 19. Ain't I a Woman: Girl. Power. For All. 20. Bullies, Mean Girls, and Stuff that Actually Works. Need-to-Know-and-Believe Bullet Point Recap. Your Song. Resources (Actual. Resources. Please trust them. Please use them).

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The inspirational guide to being an Asperger girl

About the Author

Jennifer Cook O'Toole is the creator of The Awesomeness Foundation & Asperkids LLC, and is author of the internationally best-selling Asperkids book series (2012-15). Jennifer has been recognized as one of the "World's Top Aspie Mentors," is the winner of the Temple Grandin Global Contribution Award, has advised the President's Council at the White House, addressed Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex in England, and was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in NC. Jennifer keynotes around the globe, is the mom of three (awesome) Asperkids, and proudly, is an Aspie, herself. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina.

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As a psychologist specializing in working with females with ASD, I am truly privileged to see sparks of great beauty daily; the girls and young women I meet and work with amaze me with their caring, their talents, and their resilience. And yet too often they do not see it themselves. O'Toole's Sisterhood is an 'at last' gift I can return to them - a safe invitation for every young woman to read and journey through while getting to know herself. For any girl on the spectrum who has felt alone, like she is the only one, Sisterhood is a chance for her to crack open her heart and let a small voice whisper - 'that's like me.' Thank you, thank you Jennifer a thousand times over for this beautiful bursting book that I cannot wait to share! -- Shana Nichols, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Owner, Director and Researcher, ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development
I picked up this book, and could literally not put it down until I had read it through. As a developmental pediatrician, I frequently identify children with autism and address their needs. I am relieved to find such an engaging resource specifically geared towards the population of girls becoming women. Jennifer O'Toole has created a witty, insightful, and memorable guide to the workings of the young female mind. No clinician, parent, or young woman affected by autism should be without this book. -- Wendy J. Ross, MD, CNN Hero, FAAP Director, Center for Pediatric Development, and Founder, Autism Inclusion Resources
I have been deeply moved by the meaning Jennifer gives to what I thought were my everyday experiences and it is my belief that though the primary audience of this book may be girls on the spectrum, others will find great value in the words, findings, and experiences of the vibrant Jennifer Cook O'Toole. Because no matter if we fall within the spectrum, are navigating the cusp, or we find ourselves elsewhere, aren't we all wired just a little bit differently? -- Amy Serrano, Glamour Magazine "Woman of the Year," Internationally-Celebrated Filmmaker, Writer & Humanitarian
Sisterhood of the Spectrum is a smart, cheeky, authentically unique read for ALL girls. Just like she does in her other Asperkids books, Jennifer entertains and inspires and makes the reader feel as if she is talking just to them... because she is! The numerous empowering messages throughout the book such as, 'A candle doesn't lose its flame when it lights another candle' leave the reader feeling heard and remind all woman that we matter and are perfect just the way we are! If you have a tween/teen or young adult daughter, granddaughter, sister or friend you will want them to read this book. -- Zoom Autism magazine
Sisterhood of the Spectrum is over-the-top awesome in every way. There were times it actually made me cry with its dead-on description of the truth. Simply by inviting spectrum girls to connect with their own sisterhood, it makes a huge contribution, and that's just the beginning. With humor, directness, wisdom and honesty, this book packs spectrum girls' tool kits with what they need to grow and thrive while discovering their true selves. I couldn't put it down and can't wait to buy it for myself and share it with every clinician and every family and every girl I know who's part of this powerful and gifted community. As a psychologist with the honor and privilege of working with Aspie girls, I am deeply grateful to Jennifer Cook O'Toole for this treasure of a guidebook. -- Carol Moog, PhD, co-author of The Autism Playbook for Teens, psychologist, The Miquon School and in private practice
Author Jennifer Cook O'Toole shares her own experiences as a woman on the spectrum and has used each memory (which she relates with zingy humour and brash honesty) to illustrate the pain and pitfalls of being misunderstood as a girl and later as a young woman...her captivating stories have been cherry-picked to illustrate common difficulties experienced by spectrum girls. Jennifer's handbook shows her readers everything they need to know to shore up their own confidence, social awareness and personal resilience...the author's buddy-like tone is really engaging; she's the wise big sister you'll keep returning to for advice and support...this is the holy grail for girls on the spectrum. I'm not kidding, either. -- Debby Elley * AuKids Magazine *

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