Aspergirls
240 pages, 6 x 9
Paperback
Release Date:01 Jul 2010
ISBN:9781849058261
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Aspergirls

Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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.

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.

RELATED TOPICS: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Rudy Simone is an Aspergirl, writer, and Asperger Syndrome consultant who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Foreword by Liane Holliday Willey

Introduction

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

2. Why Smart Girls Sometimes Hate School

3. Sensory Overload

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

5. On Blame and Internalizing Guilt

6. Gender Roles and Identity

7. Puberty and Mutism

8. Attraction, Dating, Sex, and Relationships

9. Friendships and Socializing

10. Higher Learning

11. Employment and Career

12. Marriage and Cohabitation

13. Having Children

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

15. Diagnosis, Misdiagnosis, and Medication

16. Depression Meltdowns, PTSD, and More About Meds

17. Temper Meltdowns

18. Burning Bridges

19. Stomach Issues and Autism

20. Getting Older on the Spectrum

21. On Whether AS is a Disability or a Gift

22. Advice from Aspergirls to Aspergirls. Additional Tools for Parents

23. Give Your Aspergirl some B.A.L.L.S. - Belief, Acceptance, Love, Like, and Support

24. Thoughts and Advice from Parents of Aspergirls

References and Resources; Appendix A. List of Female Asperger Syndrome Traits; Summary of Some Main Female/Male Differences

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