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Aspergirls: Empowering Females With Asperger Syndrome

Aspergirls: Empowering Females With Asperger Syndrome 2014-02-09

Book Type
  1. Paperback
  2. Digital
Rudy Simone
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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This was the first “women with aspergers” book I read. I could see how it was important when it first came out: there wasn’t a lot of information available about female autism back then. But now, with more information and content made by autistic women themselves, the book is less relevant I think.
Personally it wasn’t a horrible book, and provided some emotional support. I liked spotting the traits that I have being discussed by other people. That said, with the wealth of videos and blogs and information nowadays, unless you really really like reading and prefer to get your information from a book, the book does not stand out to me in particular.
After all the hype about this book, I was disappointed in it. She claims to know a wide range of female autistics, and often claims to know "the female experience of autism", yet I couldn't relate to a lot of what she wrote, or my experiences outright contradict hers and her interviewees.
Good just for the variety of female perspectives on AS. She does the work of surveying many women with AS to add their perspectives to her book--which is good for me, because I admit I don't like Rudy's style that much. Delves into some of the important differences for females on the spectrum.
I thought it gave some good advice and a lot of the women in the book sound like myself. I think that every woman with Asperger's should read this book at least once in their life.
Absolutely LOVED this book! I finally felt like I was truly understood, and that my feelings and behaviors were validated and were experiences that others shared, as well. Lots of the book rang true for me, I finally felt like I didn't have to carry so much guilt just for being myself anymore. :)
I love this book. I identified with almost everything she said and it helped me understand why I do what I do as well as ideas on how to handle things better. I gave it to my spouse so he can get a better understanding of me too.
I have this book and I was so happy to finally be validated!
So far, the best resource I've read for women with Asperger's; clear, informative, and extremely accurate. It delves in to many personal issues; many of which I was surprised to be able to relate well with. This is one of those books which, at times, made me feel as though I were reading straight from my own personal diary.
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