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Day 21: Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed: Growing Up With Undiagnosed Autism

Posted on April 21, 2014 in Autism

Twirling Naked in the Streets coverJeannie Davide-Rivera grew up with autism, but even she didn’t know it. Twirling Naked in the Streets is the story of a child who always had the sense that she was different and constantly felt that she was on the outside looking in.

Jeannie Davide-Rivera had to wait 38 years to understand that the difficulties, differences, and unique way of being in the world had a name- Asperger’s Syndrome. Davide-Rivera’s story begins in her early childhood and takes us all the way to her diagnosis. We learn about her food sensitivities, friendship problems, schooling challenges, gifts and abilities, and more.

This was another book that was helpful to me as a teacher as there are many classroom stories shared. The author is frustrated when her math teacher penalizes her for knowing the answer but not showing her work, for instance. This is the type of struggle I see daily in schools and I regularly find that being able to share the student’s perspective can be a helpful tool in designing better supports.

** Idea for using this book: Add this to your collection of books about women on the spectrum. Many scholars are currently studying how women may experience autism differently than men. These personal stories can be so helpful in learning more about both similarities in experiences and differences.

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