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 diagnosedthan boys, and even once symptoms have been recognised, help is oftennot readily available. The image of coping well presented by AS femalesof any age can often mask difficulties, deficits, challenges, andloneliness.

This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls,young and old. Rudy Simone guides you through every aspect of bothpersonal 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 withdepression, meltdowns and being misunderstood. Including thereflections of over thirty-five women diagnosed as on the spectrum, aswell as some partners and parents, Rudy identifies recurring strugglesand areas where Aspergirls need validation, information and advice. Asthey recount their stories, anecdotes, and wisdom, she highlights howdifferences between males and females on the spectrum are mostly amatter of perception, rejecting negative views of Aspergirls andempowering them to lead happy and fulfilled lives.

This book will be essential reading for females of any age diagnosedwith AS, and those who think they might be on the spectrum. It willalso be of interest to partners and loved ones of Aspergirls, andanybody interested either professionally or academically inAsperger's Syndrome.

This book will be essential reading for females of any age diagnosedwith AS, and those who think they might be on the spectrum. It willalso be of interest to partners and loved ones of Aspergirls, andanybody interested either professionally or academically inAsperger's Syndrome.

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

Foreword by Liane Holliday Willey

Introduction

1. Imagination, Self-taught, Reading and Savant Skills, and UnusualInterests.

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 forParents

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 AspergerSyndrome Traits; Summary of Some Main Female/Male Differences

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