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Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed

Growing Up with Undiagnosed Autism
Narrated by: Alicia A. Diaz
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Jeannie grew up with autism, but no one around her knew it. Twirling Naked in the Streets will take you on a journey into the mind of a child on the autism spectrum; a child who grows into an adolescent, an adult, and becomes a wife, mother, student, and writer with autism.

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.

©2013 Jeannie Davide-Rivera (P)2014 Jeannie Davide-Rivera
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many familiar anecdotes that will ring clear.

Many familiar anecdotes that will ring clear for those on the spectrum. It's pleasing to see more female writers documenting their struggles.

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Essential reading for adult women with ASD

Often lost and undiagnosed girls/women with AS find this story helpful and interesting. It's about time we (ladies with AS) had some literature to gain understanding from.

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Insightful and helpful

Currently waiting assessment for diagnosis and this was reqlly helpful and reassuring to read. Helps with my 5 year old daughter also. Thanks

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fantastic book

If your a female adult wondering about your undiagnosed autism, this is a fantastic book that you will relate to. I fully recommend it.

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Fantastic insight and mirror

What did you like most about Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed?

The ups and downs in childhood and adult life are all too relatable.

What did you like best about this story?

Second half about adulthood and diagnosis.

Which character – as performed by Alicia A. Diaz – was your favourite?

n/a

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many to count.

Any additional comments?

Get itl

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brilliantly read and a brilliant listen.

this is a fantastic book about one woman experiences with autism. the story was very interesting and brilliantly read.i couldn't stop listening.

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Amazing insight

Beautifully written about the challenges faces by someone with high intelligence growing up with autism. Heartbreaking, but also full of hope.

Everyone should read this book. It gives us a better understanding of those (many) around us living with ASC.

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  • Chrissy
  • 30-05-14

So familiar

Would you consider the audio edition of Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed to be better than the print version?

I only have the audio edition.

What did you like best about this story?

When I first started listening I swore that my own 6 year old traveled into the future, wrote this book and came back to publish the story of her life! Soon after listening to the entire book, my daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.
This story takes you right into the world of autism from an insider look.

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  • serenity
  • 17-01-16

The first book I ever read on this subject

Where does Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was really impressed. It is great being a female on the spectrum and reading this! I related so much and I'm very happy this was my first choice for when it comes to books on autism. I couldn't believe how specific everything was and how much of it just added up. I have amnesia from trauma so it brought back a lot of memories and has helped me get through all this. Thank you for writing this Jeannie if you're reading this. <3

What was one of the most memorable moments of Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed?

I remembered her relationship with her family the most because I've been healing from living with an alcoholic father and neglectful mother who always tried to change me into something I wasn't.

What does Alicia A. Diaz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I feel like I was able to take everything in a lot better, I struggle with reading because I constantly have to read it over and over. I felt a lot more engaged and less distracted listening to her.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure how to answer this question.

Any additional comments?

PLEASE WRITE MORE BOOKS!

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  • Melinda Hurt
  • 25-02-17

mind blown

must read especially for women that think they might be an Aspie. I cried A LOT!

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  • Jessica
  • 07-07-16

very relatable

it was great to hear someone be able to put into words what I've been going through, too.

highly recommended

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  • Amber Louviere
  • 16-11-17

Thank you Jeannie!

I am a mother with an 8 year old son that was diagnosed with autism (not high functioning)at age 3 1/2.
I also have a daughter that is 6 now and I have been fighting to get her an autism diagnosis (Asperger’s) because she is so smart and so verbal. However she has zero social skills Except with me. She repeats lots of things she hears from TV and people. She is a toe walker, Spinning constantly, Flapping, takes everything literally, no sense of danger etc. She has been red flagged because of her brother autism and possibly her father (he is working on getting diagnosed also) But as of now they have diagnosed her with SDD which is social Developmental delay. Which offers her no help in school or the ability to get speech therapy or occupational therapy etc.
I want to thank you for writing this book. There are so many things you have mentioned About your childhood that reminds me of my daughter and it is going to keep me fighting for her diagnosis.

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  • Sam
  • 25-01-20

A must listen!

I truly enjoyed this listening experience. It was another listening experience that I got to share with daughters, but this one was super special as it allowed them to hear experience life through thebeyes and heart of someone else. An excellent reminder to appreciate everyone you meet, that each person has his/her own struggle and that not because you don't understand what's going on means it is weird or less worthy of respect and appreciation. Having taught children with Autism before, I hope this experience will remain etched in my mind and help me to become not just a better teacher but a better person overall. Thank you for sharing your story! A must listen for educators!

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  • Holly Stiles
  • 23-12-18

would definitely read again

narrator mispronounced words often that I knew were pronounced differently. good book overall. sent to a friend.