Easy, accessible reads about Asperger’s Syndrome and ASD
Key features of The Girl With The Curly Hair books include:
- the presentation of a difficult and complicated subject in an easy to read, engaging comic style format
- they are visual books, which can be “left lying around”
- they describe normal, everyday situations which everyone can relate to
- they are good starting points for discussions about why people with Asperger’s Syndrome may behave the way they do
- a must read for people on the autistic spectrum and the people around them
Asperger’s and Me
The Girl with the Curly Hair: Asperger’s and Me is available here
The hardest thing about having Asperger’s Syndrome is that it can seem like an invisible condition. Females in particular, can be expert at masking their symptoms. Tomorrow I will get up and leave the house, go into work and get on with things, my challenges totally oblivious to the people around me. The next day will be the same. And the day after. I hope this book will build the bridge between people with Asperger’s Syndrome and the rest of the world. Most people with Asperger’s Syndrome are able and willing to work and live a “normal” life, with the right support and adjustment. The main problem is that most people are just unaware of how they can help. So, let us begin our journey into the wearing but wonderful world that is Asperger’s Syndrome.
Aspergers is a lot less terrifying, overwhelming and daunting when someone as articulate as Alis is there to guide you. – Amazon Customer
Asperger’s Syndrome (1)
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome is available here
This is the debut of the Visual Guide series from The Girl with the Curly Hair. In book one, she describes Asperger’s Syndrome (high functioning autism) and how it affects her in day to day life. A clear enjoyable, illustrated read, this is the perfect place to start for anyone wanting to know more about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This guide is suitable for individuals on the autistic spectrum as well as their neurotypical (‘normal’) families and friends. This is a highly unique read, focussing on the ‘nitty gritty’ of what ASD really means and how this complex, misunderstood, condition may present in daily living.
A brilliant insight for teachers and professionals and particularly for NT parents/partners. Also a huge comfort for people with AS to help them feel more understood and less alone. I highly recommend this book. – K Hughes
Asperger’s Syndrome in 13-16 Year Olds
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome in 13-16 Year Olds is available here
This is an invaluable book for ASD teenagers, and for parents of ASD teenagers. There are examples of life situations which highlight how the ASD teen may feel during typical daily events. This book will encourage as ASD teen as they will gain an understanding that they are not on their own, that their ways of thinking and perceiving situations are not so unusual after all. Parents can learn from this book how to better encourage their ASD teenager and help to provide better coping strategies for their child.
A must read for any teenage Asperger Syndrome individual and for those NTs who know a teenage AS individual. – Pierre
Asperger’s Syndrome: Meltdowns and Shutdowns
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome: Meltdowns and Shutdowns is available here
Meltdowns and shutdowns can be very confusing and painful for the loved one and devastatingly frightening and painful for the person with ASD. In this book, The Girl with the Curly Hair uses pictures and diagrams to explain what is meant by autistic ‘meltdowns’ and ‘shutdowns.’ It contains strategies on how to deal with the two responses to stress that are common for people on the autism spectrum. Quick and easy to read, this guide is enlightening for anyone who may feel puzzled by the behaviours of their loved ones, and reassuring for those who show the behaviours themselves.
Every parent/carer of an AS child/young person should have a copy of this book! – H Review
Asperger’s Syndrome in 5-8 Year Olds
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome in 5-8 Year Olds is available here
Children in this age group have specific challenges such as: wearing the same clothes day in and day out, preferring to play on their own rather than with their friends, and having unusual language. This book is based on real life experience and gives practical insight into supporting a child with ASD. A perfect read for anyone working or living with young girls on the autistic spectrum.
A lovely, well written book. Charming and easy to read, full of useful info to use now, instead of having to read a huge long text book. – emmylou0
Asperger’s Syndrome: Social Energy
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome: Social Energy is available here
For anyone with a disability, it can be difficult to do even the ‘normal’ tasks of life, such as getting dressed, going to work, cleaning the house and doing the grocery shopping. It can also be difficult to have social interactions. The Girl with the Curly Hair describes the difficulty in doing productive tasks via an intangible unit of measurement, ‘social energy.’ In this book, she looks at how and why managing day to day activities, including socialising with work colleagues, friends and family, is so tiring for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders. She also looks at introversion and extroversion and how they affect social energy. This book will give the reader greater self awareness. The Girl with the Curly Hair hopes they will come away comforted, knowing they are not alone and that there are some things they can do to manage their social energy for a less stressful life.
I have just finished reading this book and it describes perfectly how I feel about social situations. I now feel more confident in telling people that I don’t want to do something or that I will need down time afterwards to ‘recharge’. – Fiona Stirling
Asperger’s Syndrome for the Neurotypical Partner
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome for the Neurotypical Partner is available here
The Girl with the Curly Hair has Asperger’s Syndrome (high functioning autism). In this guide she explores her relationship with her neurotypical (non-autistic) male partner. Remember, everyone is different, but she hopes it is a starting point for some helpful conversations between you and your partner to understand how the relationship is for you both. Topics include how ASD affects her in day to day life, the positives of ASD, strategies on how the neurotypical partner can help with ASD challenges, what it feels like when you are apart, why she loves you, and how you can best enjoy your time together. Suitable for ASD/NT couples in long-term relationships. The Girl with the Curly Hair hopes you can discuss aspects of the guide together and highlight any bits that resonate with your own relationship.
This book was so easy to read and caused both of us to laugh. – Joanne
Asperger’s Syndrome in 8-11 Year Olds
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome in 8-11 Year Olds is available here
A valuable and comprehensive guide for parents and teachers of children on the spectrum aged 8-11 (or younger or older, dependent on the child’s emotional development level). As children of this age are growing into their personalities, difficulties faced by the child can become increasingly apparent. This guide gives examples of these difficulties in the form of problem behaviour the child may present with, along with suggested solutions to assist the child in gaining confidence and valuable life skills, such as compromise and anger control.
My daughter is almost 11 and struggling with school and understanding relationships. This book has given an insight into why situations may be difficult for her and how best to deal with them. Another brilliant book from Alis! – Fiona Stirling
Asperger’s Syndrome and Anxiety
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome and Anxiety is available here
This guide is all about anxiety in people with Asperger’s Syndrome and related Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). A lot of people think anxiety is the same for everyone. But The Girl with the Curly Hair thinks anxiety in people with ASD has different reasons and causes, consequently it needs to be managed differently. Through a series of short narratives, diagrams and graphs, she explains why certain situations make people with ASD anxious and provides strategies and coping mechanisms. She hopes you find this guide helpful.
Miss Rowe is a voice of the voiceless, she puts into words (and pictures) what so many of us are trying to say, but simply can’t do it. – Mr Ross K Foad
Asperger’s Syndrome: Helping Siblings
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome: Helping Siblings is available here
Children are all unique. It’s a given that the child with ASD will have special needs but families must also consider the needs of their non-ASD (NT) child. Having a child with ASD can be very stressful at times, not just for the parents, but for the sibling(s) too. This book provides insight and guidance for parents to help talk to their child or children about the sibling with ASD.
I bought this book hoping that it would help my non-ASD daughter to understand a little more – and it really did! It has given her a greater understanding and a little more empathy with the challenges that her sister faces on a daily basis. – 6cobham
Asperger’s Syndrome in 16-18 Year Olds
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome in 16-18 Year Olds is available here
Leaving school can bring about both positive and negative feelings for teenagers with ASD. On one hand it is a big relief, particularly if they were bullied or didn’t have many friends. On the other hand, it can be anxiety-provoking not knowing what is going to happen next. Some teenagers know for certain they want to go on to college and university. Others have no idea what they want to do. Many feel burned out from school and consequently end up feeling highly demotivated, not wanting to do much at all. Teenagers with ASD may be clever and wise, yet immature, unable to communicate properly and lacking friendships. This guide looks at the first few years after school has ended, with insight and advice for individuals and parents.
This latest book is excellent for us as we start the scary journey and transition to independent life and living post-A levels. Thank you, Alis Rowe. – Mr J Porter & S Porter
Asperger’s Syndrome and Puberty
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome and Puberty is available here
Puberty is a challenging time for everyone but possibly even more so for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This guide gives real life insight and experiences from the popular character, the girl with the curly hair. Topics covered include: physical changes associated with puberty, periods, sexuality and dating. The guide is intended to be read by girls on the autistic spectrum and their parents.
I love the way it’s from TGWTCH perspective making it feel very real and, I suspect, for teen AS girls like checking with a friend as to what puberty means rather than just mum. The practical tips will provide a great reference for AS girls while they go through their teens. I see so much of what my now adult daughter with AS went through in her teens. I wish I’d had this book to refer to and to give her to refer to. Fantastic! – H Review
Asperger’s Syndrome: Meltdowns and Shutdowns 2
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome: Meltdowns and Shutdowns 2 is available here
Meltdowns and shutdowns typically result when a person has been exposed to more stimulation (social interaction, too much sound, light, touch… etc.) than they can handle. This book follows on from ‘Asperger’s Syndrome: Meltdowns and Shutdowns’ and looks at meltdowns and shutdowns in more detail, as well as how sensory processing difficulties can contribute. Sensory difficulties affect many people on the autism spectrum, but it may be underestimated just how big of an influence they have on stress and anxiety levels.
Yet another clever and insightful read from Alis Rowe. More helpful descriptions of the meltdown experience and why it happens but also a great section on sensory processing.
Adapting Health Therapies for People on the Autism Spectrum
The Visual Guide to Adapting Health Therapies for People on the Autism Spectrum is available here
The Girl with the Curly Hair was once told by a therapist that she “did not need to teach basic empathy to therapists”. This did not make sense to her.
If somebody has a completely different world experience to you (such as ASD vs NT), how can you truly have empathy? You cannot.
This book is to help anyone working in the health system (GP, counselor, therapist, dentist, nurse, clinical psychologist, receptionist, etc.) to make reasonable adjustments to make their services more accessible to people on the autism spectrum.
Asperger’s Syndrome and Emotions
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome and Emotions is available here
It is thought that the way people on the autism spectrum experience emotions is different from neurotypical people.
Some people think that people on the spectrum have no emotions and lack empathy. Some people think that people on the spectrum have very strong, overwhelming emotions and have too much empathy.
In this book, The Girl with the Curly Hair describes what – if any – emotions she most often feels, how she experiences and processes emotions, and how she has learned to successfully manage them.
Asperger’s Syndrome and Communication
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome and Communication is available here
Good communication isn’t just about exchanging information, it’s about being in tune with somebody else and considering how they might be feeling and what they might be wanting to say.
Believe it or not, many people (with or without an Autism Spectrum Disorder) aren’t very good at communicating! We can all learn some helpful tactics from this guide!
This guide will cover some of the essentials of good communication, as well as look at some relevant things to be aware of when the exchange is between an autistic person and a neurotypical person.
What stands out most to me is that there is responsibility on both people to make a communication meaningful and productive. Therefore, in this guide, although touched upon are the things that that neurotypical people can do to help people with ASD, there are also suggestions for things that people with ASD can do.
The 1st Comic Book
The 1st Comic Book is available here
There are lots of Neurotypical people in the world, and fewer people with Asperger’s Syndrome. This means sometimes it can be very hard for them to understand one another. This engaging picture book presents simple, insightful, communicative comic strips of everyday situations between the person with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and the Neurotypical (NT) person in their overlapping worlds. The Girl with the Curly Hair writes for anyone who wants to understand a different mind. Key features: presenting a difficult and complicated subject in an easy to read, engaging comic style format, a very visual book, which can be “left lying around”, illustrating normal everyday situations which everybody can relate to, a good starting point for discussions starting discussions about why people with Asperger’s Syndrome may behave the way we do, a must read for adults on the autistic spectrum and their neurotypical family and friends.
I laughed many times as I read the thought bubbles, knowing how succinctly you describe the thoughts and feelings of someone who has Asperger’s Syndrome. – Professor Tony Attwood
The 2nd Comic Book
The 2nd Comic Book is available here
This is the second book in the popular ‘Comic Book’ series from The Girl with the Curly Hair. The 2nd Comic Book contains more fun, enlightening, insightful scenarios that may occur between people with Asperger’s Syndrome and their neurotypical family and friends. This is an engaging picture book, showing how two different people may view the same situation. The Girl with the Curly Hair writes for anyone who wants to understand a different mind.
Highly, highly, highly recommended. And the others in the series as well!!! Fantastic!!! – C
The 3rd Comic Book
The 3rd Comic Book is available here
Everyday scenarios for teenagers and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome – and related autism spectrum disorders – parents and teachers. The third instalment of the popular ‘The Girl with the Curly Hair’ ‘Comic Book’ series is most relevant to teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum, their parents and, of course, their teachers. This engaging picture book presents simple, insightful communicative comic strips of everyday situations between the AS and the NT in their overlapping worlds. The Girl with the Curly Hair writes for anyone who wants to understand a different mind.
The book world would be a far better place taking note from this special unique genius of a lady. – Mr Ross K Foad
The 4th Comic Book
The 4th Comic Book is available here
The fourth in the series, this book is aimed at couples in which one partner is on the autistic spectrum. This book beautifully depicts the motivations and desires of the autistic and the non-autistic (‘neurotypical’) partner, who, despite being different, end up finding each other and falling in love! This is a highly accessible, visual book for adults in romantic relationships, as well as counselors and other professionals.
Alis Rowe ‘gets it’, a great read with laugh out loud moments. I will pass it to my husband now! – Nicola Blackett
The 5th Comic Book
The 5th Comic Book is available here
‘Theory of mind’ is the term used to explain how different people have different thoughts, views and plans. In the simplest sense, it means recognising that what’s in somebody else’s head is not the same as what’s in yours! It is a topic that has always fascinated me and I believe that all people, whether on the spectrum or not, can develop their theory of mind. You will notice that some of these comic strips demonstrate that even neurotypicals can have weak theory of mind in relation to the person with ASD. For each comic strip, see if you can work out which character has the impaired theory of mind and is struggling to see the other’s point of view! I think that developing one’s theory of mind is a key component to building any successful relationship – but particularly with a person on the autism spectrum. I hope this book opens your mind to another’s!
The Girl with the Curly Hair meets The Boy with the Spiky Hair
The Girl with the Curly Hair meets The Boy with the Spiky Hair is available here
Studies show that more males than females are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Some people think that there are some differences in how ASD presents in males. The Girl with the Curly Hair wasn’t sure about this… so she arranged an interview with The Boy with the Spiky Hair to investigate.
Her conclusions are interesting – have a read for yourself!
You can find a full list of titles available on Alis’s Amazon author page here.