Empowering Females With Asperger Syndrome

Book - 2010
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*Gold Medal Winner in the Sexuality / Relationships Category of the 2011 IPPY Awards*

* Honorary Mention in the 2010 BOTYA Awards Women's Issues Category *

Girls with Asperger's Syndrome are less frequently diagnosed than boys, and even once symptoms have been recognised, help is often not readily available. The image of coping well presented by AS females of any age can often mask difficulties, deficits, challenges, and loneliness.

This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls, young and old. Rudy Simone guides you through every aspect of both personal and professional life, from early recollections of blame, guilt, and savant skills, to friendships, romance and marriage. Employment, career, rituals and routines are also covered, along with depression, meltdowns and being misunderstood. Including the reflections of over thirty-five women diagnosed as on the spectrum, as well as some partners and parents, Rudy identifies recurring struggles and areas where Aspergirls need validation, information and advice. As they recount their stories, anecdotes, and wisdom, she highlights how differences between males and females on the spectrum are mostly a matter of perception, rejecting negative views of Aspergirls and empowering them to lead happy and fulfilled lives.

This book will be essential reading for females of any age diagnosed with AS, and those who think they might be on the spectrum. It will also be of interest to partners and loved ones of Aspergirls, and anybody interested either professionally or academically in Asperger's Syndrome.

Publisher: London, Eng. : Jessica Kingsley, c2010.
ISBN: 9781849058261
Characteristics: 236 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 09, 2017

I found this to be a very good book for girls/women on the Autistic Spectrum, particularly Aspergers.

As a male with Aspergers, reading this book was enlightening. There were many things that I could relate to and some I couldn't because some of the things girls/women are acculterated to do.

I highly recommend this book for anyone that feels like they are on the outside looking in, why they lack friends or why they need details that the neurotypical/regular person wouldn't ask.

Muffs Dec 29, 2014

An informative description of challenges and suggestions for those with female family or friends with Aspergers. Interesting, includes illuminating conversations and various perspectives.

JM826 Dec 20, 2014

I have devoured this book. Of all the books I've read about the subject, this one is the most organized and loaded with information. After reading this book, it's pretty clear and easy to determine if you fall under this category or not. It's unfortunate that the issues of a formal diagnosis still runs a dangerously toxic path for women due to lack of knowledge on the subject and preconceived ideas. This makes me doubtful I'd seek a formal diagnosis, but noted here and in Temple Grandin's books, there's no need if you're stable and functional. Having concrete answers to many many "whys" i've had all my life has been liberating enough for now. This book will definitely help with that

cocolala Jan 20, 2012

What an amazing book. I used to get angry when I would hear about creative and intelligent people being diagnosed with aspergers, I thought why pathologize people who are merely different? But after reading this, I realize wow we share so many traits and struggles as aspergians that a label helps, and is a way to fight the discrimination we face daily. Its great to know you are not alone.

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