Sincerely, Your Autistic Child : What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity


Most resources available for parents come out of the medical model of disability-from psychologists, educators, parents, and doctors-offering parents a narrow and technical approach to autism. Furthermore, it is widely believed that many autistic girls and women are underdiagnosed, which has further limited the information available regarding the unique needs of girls and nonbinary people with autism. What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew represents an authentic resource for parents written by people who understand this experience most, autistic people themselves. From childhood and education to gender identity and sexuality, this anthology of autistic contributors tackles the everyday challenges of growing up while honestly addressing the emotional needs, sensitivity, and vibrancy of autistic girls and nonbinary people. Written like letters to parents, the contributors reflect on what they have learned while growing up with autism and how parents can avoid common mistakes and overcome challenges while raising their child. What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew calls parents to action by raising awareness and redefining "normal" in order to help parents make their child feel truly accepted, valued, and celebrated for who they are.