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Posted September 20, 2011
concise and helpful
Being a parent of a girl with autism biases my reading interest toward books on the topic, and to date I have read a lot. Aspergirls is quite atypical of many i have read and refreshing in style.
Rudy Simone has Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and has been a strong advocate for those with the condition for some years. Her approach to writing is to say it as it is, and simply. She does this to good effect. What I particularly like about this tome is she quotes regularly from interviewed girls and women with AS and consequently adds many voices to hers in her coverage of a myriad of topics, from challenges in schools, to the impact of puberty on aspergirls. Nothing is taboo. There were also a few quotations that caused me to laugh out loud - it's good to be able to infuse some humor in what is a topic that can get quite serious.
Another aspect of the structure of the book is that at the end of each topic (chapter), Rudy summarises by providing direct advice to aspergirls, followed by advice to aspergirl parents. This is smart, very smart, as the two target audiences are vastly different and covers her audience well - and more importantly, sends clear messages to the two most important groups that affect aspergirls.
I found the book useful, but I have to concede that the book is overwhelmingly targeting Asperger's Syndrome, not other folk on the Autism Spectrum. My daughter is a high functioning autistic girl, and has many challenges that differ from AS. And yet the common ground was useful, evidenced by having discussions with my wife on various statements made.
All in all I found the book useful, clearly written, and sensibly structured.
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Posted October 5, 2011
one of the best books i have read on the subject. as a woman with aspergers i related very much to this book. women do have differences from men and it was great to have validation for that.
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Posted August 9, 2013
This book, for some reason does not come up in B&N's search
This book, for some reason does not come up in B&N's search for books about women and Asperger's. but it will come up as fiction. Someone needs to fix this SOON, because it was this book that allowed me, finally, in my mid-fifties to discover what was "wrong" with me. What had , since birth, been mislabeled, misdiagnosed, and misunderstood, what had created a difficult slog through life was finally--because of THIS book, _Aspergirls_, that allowed me to discover I was not crazy. That all the seemingly unrelated parts of my life and of me were all inter-connected and due to Asperger's, or the results of no one--even me--understanding Asperger's.
This book should pop up in every search on autism and Asperger's Syndrome. It's a pity it does not, because this book is more recent than many others, and is written for those with AS, the parents of girls with AS, and anyone wishing to know about women and AS. women present a bit differently than males with AS. Adult women with AS also have differences. That is the crux of Simone's book, Aspergirls: girls and, especially, adult women with Asperger's have different issues and are far more likely to have been misdiagnosed or never diagnosed at all. That needs to change.
So, please: read this book.
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Posted April 17, 2013
I was hoping for something more scientific but increasingly the book is about the author's own personal experience with Asperger's. At times it's hard to tell what is her own personally whimpy/whinyness and what's her Asperger's. A lot of the chapters come off as insincere generalized female support statements, for example, trying to convince the reader that: periods are normal for women and nothing to be ashamed about (most readers will logically know this already). This book is not what I expected. It's not the worst book I've ever read though- might be more helpful for parents of newly diagnosed teen/tween girls.
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Posted May 19, 2013
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