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Autistic girls can be frequently misunderstood, underestimated and therefore anxious in a school environment. This practical book offers an innovative life skills curriculum for autistic girls aged 11 to 15, based on the author’s successful workshops and training, which show how to support girls’ wellbeing and boost their self-esteem.

Including an adapted PSHE curriculum, this is a straightforward guide to educating autistic children on the issues that matter most to them. It covers all essential areas of wellbeing, including communication, identity, self-regulation and triggers, safety, and physical and mental health, and offers the reader strategies to help the autistic girls in their lives enhance and develop these.


Helen Clarke's lived, parental and professional experiences give depth and breadth to this welcome addition to the literature around young autistic women. Her knowledge, insight and empathy scaffold and compliment the practical content. This book will undoubtedly contribute to our young women no longer being misunderstood but understood.
Fiona Fisher Bullivant, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Author & Lecturer.
'Spectacular Girls' exudes autism positivity and is a call to action, emphasising the misunderstanding and inequality many autistic girls face in their daily lives. This book outlines what needs to change before autistic girls can live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives and addresses head-on tricky, but critically important, topics such as safety, exploitation, and mental health. Helen Clarke draws upon a wealth of personal and professional experience, making this an informed, accessible, and relevant read for family members and professionals alike.
Dr Kathy Leadbitter, Research Fellow, University of Manchester