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Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism 2021-05-22

VictorR

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Spectrum Women - Anthology

Barb Cook and 14 other autistic women describe life from a female autistic perspective, and present empowering, helpful and supportive insights from their personal experience for fellow autistic women. Dr. Michelle Garnett's comments validate and expand the experiences described from a clinician's perspective, and provide extensive recommendations.

Each Writer offers their personal guidance on significant issues that particularly affect women, as well as those that are more general to...

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Chapters:
1) Finding Your Tribe
2) Growing up on the Spectrum
3) Identity: A Beautiful Work in Progress
4) Diversity, Gender, Intersectionality, and Feminism
5) Personal Relationships
6) Socializing, Anxiety, and Addictions
7) Personal Safety
8) A Real Parent
9) Independence
10) Promoting Positive Employment
11) Our Sensory Worlds
12) Communication
13) Emotional Regulation
14) Executive Functioning
15) General Health
16) Autism and Co-Occuring Conditions
17) Considering Autistic Life and Mental Wellness
18) Self-Care
19) Intense Interests
20) An Another Thing (random thoughts and commentary)

Chapters 7 (Personal Safety, by Liane Holliday Wiley) and 16 (Autism and Co-Occuring Conditions, by Anita Lesko) were both very eye-opening for me, and both of those authors have written a full book on those topics respectively, and so I look forward to adding those to my reading list.

What I really loved is how the authors give us an intimate glimpse into their lives to share the trials and tribulations of being on the spectrum, the vulnerabilities thereof, and the different perspectives give us a nice collection of the variety of experiences that are out there.

If there is one criticism I have of this superb book, is that none of the contributors appear to be BIPOC. I would recommend reading ASAN's Knowing Why to throw in additional perspectives on intersectionality.
 
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