2022 Para Educator Book Study - Twirling Naked In the Streets and Nobody Noticed: Growing Up With Undiagnosed Autism

July 5 - 25, 2022

Special Education

Lisa Kruse: Twirling Naked In the Streets and Nobody Noticed: Growing Up With Undiagnosed Autism by Jeannie Davide-River (limited to 20 participants)

Jeannie grew up with autism, but no one around here knew it. Twirling Naked in the Streets will take you on a journey into the mind of a child on the autism spectrum; a child who grows into an adolescent, an adult, and becomes a wife, mother, student, and writer with autism. 

This is a gripping memoir of a quirky, weird, but gifted child who grows up never quite finding her niche only to discover at the age of 38 that all the issues, problems, and weirdness she experienced were because she had Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), a form of high-functioning autism. 

The tale begins at age three and takes us all the way through her diagnosis. Along the way she explains autism in a way that will have fellow “Aspies” crying tears of joy at being understood, and “neuro-typical” people really starting to grasp the challenges that autistic people face every moment of every day. 

NOTE: The hours will be awarded for the 2021/2022 school year OR the 2022/2023 school year.                                  

Dates: July 5, 2022 - July 29, 2022

Platform: Zoom Meetings (link will be shared once you have registered)


  • July 5, 2022 (8:30 - 9:30 am) Introduction, Syllabus, and Orientation
  • July 11, 2022 (8:30 - 9:30 am)  Book Discussion
  • July 19, 2022 (8:30 - 9:30 am)  Book Discussion
  • July 25, 2022 (8:30 - 9:30 am)  Book Discussion

How It Works: 

  1. Check out the book from the library or check your email for a link to a free pdf of the book
  2. Check your email for the ZOOM link (one week prior to the meeting)
  3. Join ZOOM using the link provided
  4. Read the book as outlined and shared during our first organizational meeting
  5. Get ready to share your thoughts and ideas as we journey through the book together in a flexible Zoom (or Google doc format)
  6. If you are not present for a ZOOM meeting, you will be required to provide a written summary of the chapters covered in order to receive your hours
  7. A certificate with your 15 credit hours will be issued upon completion of the book study

Registration is open until 7/5/2022

Available Credit or Activity Hours

Act 48 Activity Hours
15.0 Hours
Academic Content Studies Special Education
General Activity Hours (non-PDE)
15.0 Hours


Tuesday, July 5
8:30 - 9:30am
Introductions, Syllabus, and Orientation
Monday, July 11
8:30 - 9:30am
Book Discussion 1
Tuesday, July 19
8:30 - 9:30am
Book Discussion 2
Monday, July 25
8:30 - 9:30am
Book Discussion final