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Jeanette Purkis

Jeanette Purkis has a Master's degree in Fine Arts from RMIT University and works for the Australian Public Service as a policy adviser. Jeanette recently received an Excellence Award from the CEO of her department for promoting inclusion and advocating for disability. She is a frequent speaker at autism conferences and she facilitates a support group for women on the autism spectrum. She has received the ACT Volunteer of the Year award for her work in Autism advocacy and in particular in facilitating a women's group for Autistic women in Canberra. Jeanette has a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. She lives in Canberra, Australia.

JKP publications by Jeanette Purkis

  1. The Parents' Practical Guide to Resilience for Children aged 2-10 on the Autism Spectrum

    The Parents' Practical Guide to Resilience for Children aged 2-10 on the Autism Spectrum

    Jeanette Purkis and Emma Goodall

    Building resilience and independence in children with autism can be hugely beneficial in helping them live an independent and rewarding life. This book is a practical resource based around major life events; each milestone includes exercises that you can work through to more effectively build resilience and independence in your child. Learn More
    Nov 2017, 216pp
  2. The Autism Spectrum Guide to Sexuality and Relationships

    The Autism Spectrum Guide to Sexuality and Relationships

    Understand Yourself and Make Choices that are Right for You

    Dr Emma Goodall. Forewords by Dr Wenn Lawson and Jeanette Purkis.

    This candid guide to sexuality, relationships and gender identity will help you to understand your own preferences and identity in the pursuit of platonic, romantic or sexual relationships. Emma Goodall provides advice on what to do in situations where you feel under pressure and offers guidance on how to enjoy relationships safely. Learn More
    2016, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 280pp, £13.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84905-705-9
    2016, Ebook, ePUB, 280pp, £13.99
    ISBN: 978-1-78450-226-3
  3. The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum

    The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum

    Jeanette Purkis, Emma Goodall and Jane Nugent. Forewords by Wenn Lawson and Kirsty Dempster-Rivett

    Drawing on their own clinical and lived experiences of the autism spectrum, the authors of this guide provide readers who are on the autism spectrum and have a mental illness with strategies to overcome difficulties and achieve greater wellbeing. Amongst others, the book covers topics such as medication, stigma, therapy pets and psychotherapy. Learn More
    2016, Paperback / softback, 9.02in x 5.98in / 229mm x 152mm, 272pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84905-670-0
    2016, Ebook, ePUB, 272pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-78450-195-2
  4. The Wonderful World of Work

    The Wonderful World of Work

    A Workbook for Asperteens

    Jeanette Purkis, illustrated by Andrew Hore

    Full of practical information, engaging activities, fun illustrations and inspiring personal stories, this hands-on workbook demystifies the world of work to help teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder feel confident in their ability to get a job and encourages them to think about careers that might suit their skills and interests. Learn More
    2014, Paperback / softback, 9.69in x 6.81in / 246mm x 173mm, 128pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84905-499-7
    2014, Ebook, PDF, 128pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-0-85700-923-4
  5.  Been There. Done That. Try This!

    Been There. Done That. Try This!

    An Aspie's Guide to Life on Earth

    Edited by Tony Attwood, Craig R. Evans and Anita Lesko

    Been There. Done That. Try This! gathers a team of top Aspie mentors to pass along insights for successful living to the next generation. Temple Grandin, Liane Holliday Willey, and many others, offer advice on coping with key stressors including anxiety, self-esteem, careers, and friendship. Each chapter ends with commentary from Dr. Tony Attwood. Learn More
    2014, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 352pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84905-964-0
    2014, Ebook, ePUB, 352pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-0-85700-871-8
  6.  Autism All-Stars

    Autism All-Stars

    How We Use Our Autism and Asperger Traits to Shine in Life

    Edited by Josie Santomauro

    `Contributors from across the world share their experiences of creating a successful life on the autism spectrum. The positive and inspiring voices in this book explain how it is possible to draw on autistic strengths not just to make your way in the world, overcoming challenges and obstacles, but also to make your life a real success. Learn More
    2011, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 192pp, £12.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-188-8
    2011, Ebook, ePUB, 192pp, £12.99
    ISBN: 978-0-85700-600-4
  7.  Finding a Different Kind of Normal

    Finding a Different Kind of Normal

    Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome

    Jeanette Purkis

    Jeanette Purkis spent her early life reacting violently against feelings of embarrassment, anger and confusion about her 'difference' from other people. She was unaware until adulthood that this could be a result of having Asperger Syndrome. Jeanette's remarkable life and her journey towards finding a different kind of normal is inspiring reading. Learn More
    2006, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 192pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-416-2
    2006, Ebook, ePUB, 192pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-469-4