If you happen to have a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, chances are it is a boy. According to statistics, there are 4 boys with Asperger’s to every 1 girl who has the disorder. It’s no wonder that parents like Julie Clark experience doubt and resistance when others find out she has a daughter, Kristina, who has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Time and again, people have questioned Kristina’s diagnosis. Even teachers and other professionals have expressed doubt and disbelief and have even pushed her to get another opinion. Clark is sure, however; Kristina definitely has Asperger’s Syndrome.
It’s not just that more boys are diagnosed with the syndrome, though. Boys and girls often have different symptoms and react differently to the world, which just adds to the confusion.
This is why Clark decided to write a book about her family’s experience with Asperger’s. Her goal is to share her experience in the hopes of possibly educating other people about Asperger’s in girls. Asperger’s in Pink, this month’s OJTA book club selection, chronicles Clark’s family’s journey into the world of Asperger’s Syndrome.
Asperger’s in Pink is labeled as a must read for “raising (or being!) a girl with Aspeger’s.” But I wouldn’t stop there. As a mother of a son with high-functioning autism, I learned quite a bit from this book. Clark includes lots of information and insight on how to work with school officials and teachers to get your child the services she needs.
She also discusses many daily challenges facing those on the autism spectrum, including difficulties with transitions, challenges with being flexible, and of course, the problems many face with social skills. Intermingled with the advice is a great big helping of personal stories–many of which will make you smile as you relate to Clark and her challenges raising her daughter.
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