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Pair pens guide for parents

Carmel Valley authors Cynthia La Brie Norall, Ph. D. and Beth Wagner Brust recently published “Quirky, Yes — Hopeless, No, Practical tips to help your child with Asperger’s Syndrome be more socially accepted.”

This A to Z guide offers an understanding of the most common struggles of kids and teens with Asperger’s, one of the fastest-growing developmental disabilities in the country.

Norall is an educational psychologist and the founder of the Friends’ Club in California, which has helped thousands of Asperger’s kids learn basic social skills in a structured and supportive environment. Brust is an award-winning author of 13 children’s books and a graduate of Stanford University.

Solana Beach student in ‘Grinch’

Karli Cruise, 8, of Solana Beach will perform in the red cast of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” at The Old Globe. Last year, Karli played Tiny Tim in “A Christmas Carol” at North Coast Repertory Theatre. She began her professional experience as the Munchkin Babydoll in “Wizard of Oz” at Starlight Theater. She has experience in commercials, film and voiceover. She is also a Brownie Girl Scout.