Our librarian Jan reviews The Girl with the Curly Hair, by Alis Rowe.
‘The Girl with the Curly Hair Asperger’s and Me’ by Alis Rowe
2013 Lonely Mind Books
This book is a real insight into what life is like with Asperger’s. Particularly for a girl with Asperger’s, as many of the typical Aspie traits seen in boys aren’t necessarily there in girls. Alis, the author finally got a diagnosis when she was in her twenties. She writes very candidly about school life, home life and social life and gives tips for friends and family to help them see things how an Aspie sees them. There are also sections on hypermobility, hypersensitivity and co-ordination issues, which so often go hand in hand with having an autism spectrum disorder. This is such an accessible book, you feel you are having a conversation directly with the author. It would be particularly good for parents and other relatives to read.
Other books in the ‘Girl with the Curly Hair’ series that we have in the library
Asperger’s Syndrome in 5-8 Year Olds
Written for the parents and teachers of children with Asperger’s. Using a series of cartoons this book explains how an Aspie feels in everyday situations. This one covering 5 to 8 year olds looks at play, feelings, friendships and life at home.
Asperger’s Syndrome in 8 – 11 Year Olds
This one is the next in the series and covers children with Asperger’s as they develop. This book focuses on behaviours, like anxiety and how to understand how it feels from the child’s perspective. Great for parents, other relatives and friends and ideal for the child to read themselves.
The 1st Comic Book
This one is new in the library and explains social situations going into adulthood. It explains how everyday situations feel quite different to a person with Asperger’s compared to a person who is neurotypical.
You can find out more about The Curly Hair Project on their website http://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/ The Project has been set up to help girls and women with Asperger’s. They are a social enterprise offering things like workshops, a bookshop and ASD training for teachers and NHS staff. There is also an online blog that you can subscribe to.
To borrow any of these books contact Jan on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01267 244203.