• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”
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About Jeannie

Jeannie Davide-Rivera (Aspie Writer) is the author of the award-winning book, Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed; Growing up With Undiagnosed Autism, and Answers.com’s  Autism Expert Category Writer. 

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I am an author, student, and stay-at-home mother of four boys, stumbling through life with a form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, but am living in South Carolina with my husband of 17 years, our four sons, three of which are on the autism spectrum.

My oldest son Aspie Teen (15, ASD), is attending a virtual high school from home.  The middle boy, Little Man (Asperger’s), is an extremely literal-minded 10-year-old live wire, who can routinely be found climbing up any tree, or atop any roof that can be found.  Tantrum Tot (3 years) has recently been diagnosed with PDD-NOS and Receptive Expressive Speech Delay. My youngest edition is (so far) a very giggly 7-month-old.

As I write this Tantrum Tot is pulling my hands off the keyboard, which is after I have retrieved the mouse because that he threw down the air conditioning vent!  Life is massively chaotic in our home and never quiet, which hugely interferes with my writing and often leaves me in a serious state of sensory overload.

I am the author of, Twirling Naked in the Streets–and No-one Noticed, which is a memoir of sorts about my life growing up with undiagnosed autism. A glimpse of the pain and loneliness of living 38 years with undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome, and the myriad of wrong diagnosis’ and medication madness that ensued. Readers follow me along the path to discovery of my “condition” and my ongoing struggle to understand and accept myself.

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Jeannie Davide-Rivera is an award-winning author (Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed; Growing Up With Undiagnosed Autism), the autism category expert writer for answers.com, a writer for Autism Parenting Magazine, The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, and a professional blogger with Asperger’s Syndrome. Growing up with undiagnosed autism, and now raising three ASD children gives her a unique inside look at the world of those living with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Jeannie lives in South Carolina with her husband and four sons.


 2013 International Reader’s Favorite Book Award Winner