Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome

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Girls with Asperger syndrome are less frequently diagnosed than boys, and even once symptoms have been recognized, advice is often not readily available.

This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls, young and old. Rudy Simone provides valuable advice on 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 ...

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Overview

Girls with Asperger syndrome are less frequently diagnosed than boys, and even once symptoms have been recognized, advice is often not readily available.

This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls, young and old. Rudy Simone provides valuable advice on 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. Recurring struggles and areas where Aspergirls often need validation, information, and advice are identified, and the reflections of over 35 women diagnosed as on the spectrum, as well as some from their partners and parents, are included. 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.

If you are a female with AS, or even if you think you might be on the spectrum, this book will be essential reading. It will also be a great help to your partners and loved ones, and anybody else interested either professionally or academically in Asperger syndrome.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849058261
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
  • Publication date: 5/15/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 105,914
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction 13

1 Imagination, Self-taught Reading and Savant Skills, and Unusual Interests 19

2 Why Smart Girls Sometimes Hate School 27

3 Sensory Overload 35

4 Stimming, and What We Do When We're Happy 45

5 On Blame and Internalizing Guilt 53

6 Gender Roles and Identity 61

7 Puberty and Mutism 67

8 Attraction, Dating, Sex, and Relationships 79

9 Friendships and Socializing 95

10 Higher Learning 107

11 Employment and Career 117

12 Marriage and Cohabitation 127

13 Having Children 137

14 Ritual and Routine, Logical and Literal Thinking, Bluntness, Empathy, and Being Misunderstood 147

15 Diagnosis, Misdiagnosis and Medication 159

16 Depression Meltdowns, PTSD, and More about Meds 167

17 Temper Meltdowns 181

18 Burning Bridges 191

19 Stomach Issues and Autism 199

20 Getting Older on the Spectrum 205

21 On Whether Asperger Syndrome is a Disability or a Gift, and Advice from Aspergirls to Aspergirls 211

Additional Tools for Parents

22 Give Your Aspergirl Some BALLS: Belief, Acceptance, Love, Like, and Support 219

23 Thoughts and Advice from Parents of Aspergirls 225

Appendix

List of Female Asperger Syndrome Traits 230

Summary of Some Main Female/Male Differences 233

References and Resources 235

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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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    highly reccomended

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    It's decent...

    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.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 19, 2013

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