• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”
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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get my book signed?

I do occasionally do book signings, but if you’re not going to be close to any of those, there are some other options.

If you’d like a signed bookmark to put inside your book, email me jeanniedaviderivera(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject BOOKMARK and include your mailing address and the name of the person you’d like it signed to (if it’s not you) and I’ll send you one in the mail.

If you bought my book on Kindle and would like a digital autograph, you can request one here at Kindlegraph.

If you want one signed in person, check out my Calender page to see when and where I’ll be doing signings.

If you would like to learn how you can order an autographed copy of Twirling, go to my contact page. 


I suspect I may be autistic. What should I do? How can I get a diagnosis?

A doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist can diagnosis autism spectrum disorders. For adults, and especially females, it is important to find a doctor who has experience identifying autism in adults—including understanding how autism presents differently in females.


I think my child is autistic. Who can diagnosis him/her?

If you live in the U.S., and your child is of school-age, it is likely that you can request an evaluation through your local school district. School psychologist are qualified to diagnosis autism spectrum disorders. For younger children, speak to your child’s pediatrician about your concerns. They can either make a diagnosis, or refer to you to a developmental pediatrician who specializes in autism.


My doctor does not think it is autism, but I disagree. What should I do?

The best advice I can give is that you know yourself, and/or your child best. You are the expert in that area, and if you feel like your doctor has missed something, or is not “listening” to your concerns, please seek out another opinion. Do not give up, keep talking, keep reading, and keep searching until you are satisfied and feel comfortable with what you are being told. 


What if I have more questions?

Please always feel free to ask me anything you would like. I do my best to respond to each and every comment, and email that I receive. Understand that life is incredibly chaotic so it may take me a little bit of time to get back to you, but I will do my best to answer all questions as quickly as I can. You may post your questions here, on Have Questions, or Contact Me for more personal, and confidential questions.


I’ve read your book, what other books do you recommend?

Since I get this question very often, I have put together a list of recommended reading and resources. I am always updating the page as I find new books so return often for updates. 


In Twirling Naked in the Streets, you said that you identified with a fictional character who had Asperger’s Syndrome. Which book/character was it?

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The character was Lizbeth from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.



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