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Diagnosis Asparagus Advocating for Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Conditions

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Book - Diagnosis Asparagus Advocating for Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Conditions

by: Cathie O'Halloran and Eva Penrose

About the author:

Cathie O'Halloran is Eva Penrose's mother and a speech and language therapist. She has worked in special schools and specialist units with young people with autism in the UK and Australia for more than 20 years. Cathie and Eva live in West Yorkshire, UK.

Eva Penrose is 16 years old and has had a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome since she was 11. With her mother, Cathie O'Halloran, Eva lives in West Yorkshire, UK.

ISBN: 978-1-84905-535-2

Year: 2014

Publication Info: 128pp


A highly readable, insightful and sometimes humorous account of autism assessment, diagnosis and life with a ‘label’.

Eva was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (ASD) at age 11 and is now a fun-loving, sociable 16-year-old. This book, co-written with her mother, a speech and language therapist, discusses their reasons for seeking a diagnosis, the process of being assessed, their reactions to the news and the impact it has had on Eva’s life. It also considers how diagnosis has helped them find strategies to lessen the challenges of living with an ASD.

Concluding that it doesn’t really matter whether the name for the set of traits that characterise autism changes or what it changes to, this life-affirming book shows diagnosis to be a positive and empowering experience. It will be helpful to any family embarking on the assessment process as well as professionals looking for insight into a family’s diagnosis journey.





Diagnosis Asparagus is a window into the life of one family, their path to seeking an ASD diagnosis for daughter Eva, and the bearing that has on her teenage years. I am asked often whether I think a child should be told about their diagnosis, and know many parents are concerned about seeking a diagnosis. This friendly, informal book is a great place for them to start. Young people on the spectrum will also get a lot out of reading a book about another young person. Cathie, as a speech and language therapist, has knowledge and skills which are incredibly well put to use in this book for explaining the diagnostic criteria (both old and new) and what they look like in everyday life.
-Robyn Steward, consultant, trainer and author of The Independent Woman’s Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum


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