Rudy Simone is an Aspergirl, writer and AS consultant who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of '22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger's Syndrome', also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndromeby Rudy Simone
*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… See more details below
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.