Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed is a deeply insightful memoir about Jeannie. She grew up with undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome; the memoir takes the reader through her journey from childhood, through adolescence, adulthood and motherhood. A very touching read, highly recommended.
“In a world before autism advocacy…twenty years before Asperger’s Syndrome…we were in your midst. When they noticed me on tip-toes, they made me a ballerina…when the light bothered me, I was allergic to sunlight…When I only ate a few select items, I was picky…When I could not stray from my rigid routine, I was hard-headed…When I cried and screamed, I was spoiled—everything was my fault. No one recognized my autism; no one saw that I had Asperger’s Syndrome. How could they? Asperger’s Syndrome, Aspies—I—did not exist; not yet.”
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This is a gripping memoir of a quirky, weird, but gifted child who grows up never quite finding her niche. It took 38 years to discover that all the issues, problems, and weirdness she experienced were because she had Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), a form of high-functioning autism.
The tale begins at age three and takes us all the way through her diagnosis. Along the way she explains autism in a way that will have fellow “Aspies” crying tears of joy at being understood, and “neuro-typical” people really starting to grasp the challenges that autistic people face every moment of every day.
Jeannie also writes a blog called Aspie Writer