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Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome Kindle Edition
I can highly recommend this book to all Aspergirls and their parents, family, partners and professionals, as well as to all members of our community. With humour, love, liking and respect Rudy opens our eyes to the World of the Aspergirl, providing powerful insights on love, learning, sex, career, marriage, having children, friendships, puberty, diagnosis, emotions, health, aging and more...For too many years we have missed Aspergirls due to our current understanding of Asperger's syndrome being largely based on a male presentation. Rudy generously provides, through deep personal insight and her interviews with other Aspergirls, a broader definition and understanding, one that will help bridge the gap between Aspergirls and the non-spectrum population. -- Dr Michelle Garnett MPsych(Clin) PhD MAPS MCCP, Clinic Director and Clinical Psychologist, Minds & Hearts: A Specialist Clinic for Asperger's Syndrome and Autism
In a lovely style, Rudy Simone covers every aspect of personal and professional life, from early recollections of blame, guilt and savant skills to friendships, romance and marriage...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 and empowers Aspergirls to lead happy and fulfilled lives. -- Human Givens Journal
In the accessible and relevant 'Aspergirls', Rudy Simone takes the reader through the stages of life from childhood to old age, looking at issues such as the Aspergirl's 'meltdowns', 'stims' (self-stimulatory behaviour), literal thinking, socialising and sexuality. It is written in a touching, often humorous and very practical style, effectively providing a life manual for females with Asperger Syndrome. The anecdotes from Aspergirls she has interviewed broaden the reader's insight into what is must be like to live with this syndrome. -- Speech & Language Therapy in Practice
It is interesting the way temper meltdowns are described very accurately and are written just as I experience them, including crying, frustration, shouting, yelling, being sarcastic, becoming vicious, feeling faint or dizzy and that temper meltdowns often happen when we are hungry. -- Asperger United
Many people, doctors and counsellors included, see AS (Autism Spectrum) as predominately affecting men. The Aspergirls is more often than not overlooked or diagnosed later in life. Rudy's book helps girls with AS to realize that they are not alone and lets them know that there are others who feel like they do. But Rudy also does a thoughtful job of illustrating that not all girls with AS are the same. They have both talents and deficits and vary based on intelligence, level of imagination, and obsessions, just to name a few areas.' - Help! S-O-S for Parents
'Specialists' books are all very well, but what people really, really need are the 'case histories' told from the inside. And so far this is the best I've seen. Aspergirls is a mix between Rudy's own experience and that of other Aspergirls, as well as pure advice, both to other Aspies as well as to Neurotypicals.
Ruby Simone's approach is hands-on, and her writing style is easy to read. The chapters are short and give good tips to woman and girls with AS and the people closest to them. I don't know that I believe all the holistic stuff, but I think this book should be required reading for woman and girls who have been diagnosed with AS. -- A Girl Walks into a Bookstore Blog
Rudy's book helps girls with AS to realize that they are not alone and lets them know that there are others who feel like thy do. But Rudy also does a thoughtful job of illustrating that not all girls with AS are the same. They have both talents and deficits and vary based on intelligence, level of imagination, and obsessions, just to name a few areas. -- Help! SOS for Parents
This book is a tremendous resource for Aspergirls, their parents, family, friends and professionals. Based on Ms. Simone's personal insight as well as her interviews of over 35 women on the spectrum, this book will serve as an inclusive reference manual. Each chapter is packed with information on sensory overload, guilt, dating, higher learning and career, medication, meltdowns and stomach issues to name only a few. At the end of each chapter are sections containing very practical suggestions for Aspergirls, and their parents for handling the multitude of issues that can accompany Asperger's syndrome. She also encourages Aspergirls to celebrate and cherish who they are and puts to rest some common myths about girls on the spectrum. She encourages us with statements such as, "Life is about making a contribution, not about being popular and fitting in." Ms. Simone is very candid and open about her own struggles and with bullying experiences. She also discusses the difficulties in identifying women on the spectrum. This book will serve as an excellent reference for the Aspergirl and those who love/work with her. -- Bonnie Kimpling-Kelly, teacher and behavior analyst
This book is an easy to read, sensitive and funny at times while presenting some serious matters to consider. The concerns are focused on the individual but inclusive of the parents, educator and the community surrounding them. Whether you are a parent of a child with Asperger Syndrome or know someone who is, this is a must read as it will not only provide the reader with a good insight and look into the lives of girls with Asperger Syndrome, but also make you laugh as you develop more compassion aside faith. -- Oren Shtayermman ― Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
This is a very readable and enlightening book for all Aspergrirls, their family, friends and involved others... This thoughtful account enthuses the reader and builds their understanding of the specific needs of Aspergirls; a highly recommended book. -- Youth in Mind --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- ASIN : B00GDJQNO4
- Publisher : Jessica Kingsley Publishers (15 June 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 497 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 244 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 65,736 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My mum bought me this book and it has been one of the best sources of information I've been fortunate enough to own.
There are so many 'lightbulb moments' to be had within this book - I related hugely to many of the experiences and descriptions relating to the condition and women who have it.
I believe the condition is still understood poorly in females and girls are often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed until a lot later in life.
This book made me feel more 'normal' and comforted that I wasn't alone in the thoughts and behaviours I have which may seem irrational or strange to others.
I highly recommend family, friends and professionals of those who know a female with Autism read this too.
I am going to have to say the first few chapters in, I was bitterly disappointed with my purchase. I'm in the UK and I found it too American and didn't like the way the author used "we", and "us" constantly and with such sweeping statement. I felt like the book and what she was saying wasn't applicable to me at all and found myself feeling lost again and like I was clutching at straws. However, I persevered and I'm glad I did. So many of the chapters were helpful to me and I picked up some good tips along the way. In the beginning I thought I'd end up giving 1 or 2 stars but now I've read the whole thing cover to cover I have to give it 4 stars because I felt like in the end, I could actually relate to it quite a lot and I liked the perspectives and experience of AS women too.
I like the way the end of each chapter has a small section on "Advice to Aspergirls" and "Advice to Parents". I'm not going to remember everything I read but I can see me dipping in and out of this book in the future as necessary to remind myself of some of the suggestions that were made, especially when it comes to employment and relationship. Even tho I am 35 years of age, I think my parents could also benefit from reading this book to help give them a better understanding so that maybe they can stop feeling guilty and blaming themselves as though it is somehow their fault and they are somehow bad parents for not spotting anything was wrong when I was a child.
Even though I am only half way through being assessed and do not have a formal diagnosis yet, this book has helped me understand and accept myself and that can't be a bad thing can it. I would recommend it but just be aware of some of the negatives I have pointed out. I should add that in the foreword/intro she does mention that she is or can be quite random and you may find she jumps about a bit in the book and you may find it strange or whatever. So don't say you weren't warned :-) Is a good book all the same.