Learning the Hidden Curriculum
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The hidden curriculum is one of the most important things to learn!

Drawing from her personal experiences, Judy Endow, author of the 2010 and 2011 Hidden Curriculum Calendars, provides a myriad of hidden curriculum items that pertain to most areas of adult life. In relating to how she personally has learned to successfully maneuver social interactions, she also presents a framework for developing the ability to quickly asses a situation and take steps to avoid making social blunders BEFORE they have been committed.

Learning the Hidden Curriculum The Odyssey of One Autistic Adult includes strategies, such as Pause and Match, Laugh Along, Recognized and Expand Black-and-White Thinking, and It Is Not Necessary to Report All My Truths.

Judy's framework enables readers to learn to create their own social "rules" and, as a result, live more successful lives. The fact that the book is written by an autistic person who has learned by trial and error makes it all the more valuable. Foreword by Brenda Smith Myles, PhD.


I love this book! It offers practical, thoughtful, and illuminating advice from an older autistic adult. Her user-friendly system for avoiding social embarrassment helps people with autism decode the social world, categorize the type and severity of social blunders and, as the author puts it, 'figure out proactive strategies to cut down on social embarrassment.' The book is well written, easy to read, and (at times) belly-laughingly funny. I heartily recommend LEARNING THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM: THE ODYSSEY OF ONE AUTISTIC ADULT to people with autism from preteens through adults, to the professionals who work with them and the families who love them.

--Dorothy Siegal, MPA, project director, ASD Nest Support Project, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University

LEARNING THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM: THE ODYSSEY OF ONE AUTISTIC ADULT provides readers with a perspective that is critical to anyone who works with, cares for or educates a person with autism. Before we can apply the knowledge that research and technology have given us, we must first hear the stories that offer insight into how people with autism think. Through her personal journey to understand a neurotypical world, Judy is able to educate the educators on how people with autism think as well as provide a guide to people with autism on how they too can learn to crack the code of the 'hidden curriculum.'

--Daniel Parker, MA/MS, autism consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

LEARNING THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM is a wonderful book designed to teach adults with autism spectrum disorders positive strategies to help guide them through an ever-changing and often confusing social world. Judy Endow not only provides hundreds of examples of these 'unstated rules,' she also teaches ways that have helped her 'crack the code.' She does all of this in a humorous, positive way, concentrating on the fact that even NTs (neurotypicals) would benefit from these strategies.

--Debra A. Kern, MS, counselor, Overland Park, Kansas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Judy Endow, MSW, is an author and international speaker on a variety of autism-related topics, is part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Statewide Autism Training Team and has been a board member of both the Autism Society of America, Wisconsin Chapter, and the Autism National Committee. maintains a private practice in Madison, Wisconsin, providing consultation for families, school districts and other agencies. Judy received the Dr. Cathy Pratt Professional of the Year Award.

In addition, she is a resource specialist and clinician at Common Threads Family Resource Center in McFarland, Wisconsin. Her first book, Making Lemonade, Hints for Autism's Helpers, shows how Judy has used the lemons of her autism to "make lemonade" in her own life. Paper Words, Discovering and Living with My Autism was the International Book Award Finalist in Autobiographies/Memoirs.

Judy also received the Autism Society Media Excellence Award for her DVD, The Power of Words: How We Talk about People with Autism Spectrum Disorders Matters! In addition, she authored the 2010 and 2011 Hidden Curriculum Calendars for Older Adolescents and Adults. Outsmarting Explosive Behavior, A Visual System of Support and Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders; and Practical Solutions for Stabilizing Students With Classic Autism to Be Ready to Learn: Getting to Go; and The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment are Judy's most recent books. She brings a great depth of understanding and compassion to all the work she does. Check out Judy Endow's blog at

ISBN: 9781934575932

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