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Middle School - The Stuff Nobody Tells You About

A Teenage Girl with ASD Shares Her Experiences

Haley Moss (author)

ISBN: 9781934575628

Publication Date: May 2010

Format: Paperback

The transition to middle school is daunting to most, but for students with autism spectrum disorders, it can be a veritable mine field of hidden curriculum rules and social misunderstanding. The author shares what worked and what didn't work for her, to help others avoid some of the pitfalls of fitting in and doing well academically.

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CEC Yes I Can Award Winner! Middle school is an intimidating time for most students, but for students with autism spectrum disorder, it can be a veritable minefield of hidden curriculum rules, social misunderstandings and cliques - and that's before they even get to the academics! In Middle School - The Stuff Nobody Tells You About: A Teenage Girl With High-Functioning Autism Shares Her Experiences, a teenager with high-functioning autism relates her own experiences in middle school. Aimed at young teens, this resource tackles the issues that girls this age care about: fitting in, making friends, wearing the right clothes, succeeding academically and more. The book's for teens, by teens approach makes it an easy, fun read while giving readers practical tips that they can use in their everyday lives. The author - already an accomplished artist - also illustrated the book. Preface by Susan J. Moreno. Foreword by Diane Adreon, PhD.


"Haley Moss, in her own words, has created a very helpful guide for girls on the spectrum - and, indeed, any girl who experiences challenges in 'fitting in.' Her book is practical and insightful. Drawing on her own experiences, Haley provides a wonderful template for social success." –Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, consultant, author, and national and international speaker

"As a mother of a middle-school-aged daughter with autism spectrum disorder, I find Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About a MUST read. While reading this book, I felt as though Haley's story could have been my own daughter's. I love how the author walks us through her middle school years step-by-step and shares her experiences. This book will help our daughters with ASD not feel so intimidated by the transition into middle school. Haley Moss created an extraordinary gift for which girls with ASD will be forever grateful! --Danielle Wendel, mother of a teen daughter with ASD and author of Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders

"Every child entering middle school should read this book! Haley has done an amazing job explaining the ins and outs of the everyday challenges that today's middle school students face. She offers detailed advice on a variety of topics, such as preparing for the first day of school, changing classes, lockers, friendships and handling stress. She covers it all, from today's slang to organization and time management. I applaud Haley for sharing her experiences and writing such an extraordinary book that is sure to be a useful tool for countless middle school students." –Tara C. Tuchel, M.S., CCC-SLP, author of My Best Friend Will
Pages 160
Date Published 30 May 2010
Publisher AAPC Publishing
Subject/s Personal & social issues: truancy & school problems (Children's/YA)  
Haley Moss was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at the age of 3. Her prognosis was not promising. However, Haley has defied all odds and now is a student at one of the top private schools in the nation. Now 15, Haley is a sophomore in high school and wants to help kids on the autism spectrum get through daily challenges, both socially and academically. She enjoys being able to give back to the autism community through sharing her experiences and artwork.

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