The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide: How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Mar 19, 2020 - Young Adult Nonfiction - 256 pages

2021 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards - First Place

2020 Nautilus Silver Book Award Winner

"Never be ashamed of being different: it is this difference that makes you extraordinary and unique."

This essential go-to guide gives you all the advice and tools you'll need to help you flourish and achieve what you want in life. From the answers to everyday questions such as 'Am I using appropriate body language?' and 'Did I say the wrong thing?', through to discussing the importance of understanding your emotions, looking after your physical and mental health and coping with anxiety and sensory overloads, award-winning neurodiversity campaigner Siena Castellon uses her own experiences to provide you with the skills to overcome any challenge.

With practical tips on friendships, dating, body image, consent and appearance, as well as how to survive school and bullying, The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide gives you the power to embrace who you are, reminding you that even during the toughest of teen moments, you are never alone.

 

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Contents

Foreword by Temple Grandin
13
Acknowledgments
15
1 About Me
17
2 The Invisible Autistic Girl
21
3 Embracing Who You Are
27
4 The Importance of Being Yourself
45
5 Managing Your Sensory Sensitivities and Sensory Overloads
58
6 Taking Care of Your Body
73
10 Crushes and Dating
132
11 Gender Identity Androgyny Gender Fluidity and Transgender Girls
144
12 How to Survive School
155
13 Bullying
183
14 Cooccurring Conditions
205
15 Navigating the Perils of Social Media and the Internet
220
16 Celebrating Neurodiversity
238
Where to Find More Information
241

7 Understanding Your Emotions and Looking After Your Mental Health
87
8 Finding Your Fashion Style
109
9 Socializing and Making Friends
118
Recommended Reading
248
Index
250
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About the author (2020)

Siena Castellon is a 17-year-old internationally recognised and multi-award-winning autism advocate and anti-bullying campaigner who is on the autism spectrum. She has won a BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Award, Observer New Radical Award and the British Citizen Youth Award and is affiliated with the UCL Centre for Research in Autism and Education. She lives in London with her parents and her pet dog Rico.