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.
I’ve never had any answers or had anyone explain to me.. I never knew what was my personality or AS.
Until I read your book.. on the first page I started crying. I felt like everything that has happened, everything that I had been through didn’t matter anymore. That now I’d found what I’d been looking for.
I just wanted to let you know that your book, I will keep forever and remember the moment I opened the first page, forever.
Just thankyou for helping this all make sense to me.. I seriously feel like I can live in peace and without a extra 200 pounds on me. What your doing, is making a difference and I literally have my life to thank to you…
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.
Asperger’s Syndrome in 12-16 Year Old Girls
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome in 12-16 Year Old Girls is available here
2ND EDITION, REVISED EDITION – NEW CONTENT! The Girl with the Curly Hair looks back to when she was at secondary school. The 13-16 year old age range was one of the most terrifying and isolating phases in her whole life. She felt so different from everyone and had lots of very scary thoughts and feelings. The Girl with the Curly Hair hopes that teenage autistic girls who read this book will feel much less alone. She hopes this book will help any neurotypical people who love or work with teenage autistic girls, in developing more understanding and empathy for how a child might be experiencing a very, very overwhelming time of life.
A must read for any teenage Asperger Syndrome individual and for those NTs who know a teenage AS individual.
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
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
Asperger’s Syndrome: Social Energy
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome: Social Energy is available here
The Girl with the Curly Hair considers Social Energy to be an individual’s capacity for social interactions. She thinks that every person has a different base amount of social energy and that social energy can go up and down. Autistic people have social impairments, which means they have less social energy than neurotypical people, and this can impact every aspect of their life. This book is all about how to manage your social energy to better cope with social interactions, and how to build better relationships. The Girl with the Curly Hair also answers the very important question – can your base social energy ever be increased?
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’
Asperger’s Syndrome: Understanding Each Other (For ASD/NT Couples)
Asperger’s Syndrome: Understanding Each Other (For ASD/NT Couples) is available here
The key to any successful relationship is communication, but when one person is autistic, communication is not only extra hard, it’s extra important! This guide is for couples in which one person has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the other person is neurotypical (NT). Your relationship will no doubt be very special and unique, but it will probably require adaptation and compromise on both sides. The Girl with the Curly Hair breaks down what she believes are the fundamental aspects of the relationship that both people ought to be aware of… and gives possible strategies on how to cope with the challenging parts.
This book was so easy to read and caused both of us to laugh
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!
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.
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
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
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!
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.
Asperger’s Syndrome and Executive Function
The Visual Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome and Executive Function is available here
Executive function is the set of mental skills that help people get things done. These skills include: working memory, flexible thinking, organising, planning and prioritising, controlling impulses and starting tasks. Autistic people tend to have problems with their executive function. It can explain many difficult or unusual behaviours which you are struggling to understand. The Girl with the Curly Hair gives strategies on how to improve executive function so as to improve all areas of an individual’s life.
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!!!
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
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!
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.