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    Award-winning handbook for girls and women on the autism spectrum, perceptive and wise reflections and advice .   

    Gold Medal Winner in the Sexuality/Relationships Category of the 2011 IPPY Awards

    Honorary Mention in the 2010 BOTYA Awards Women's Issues Category

    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 35 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 listening 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.

    ©2019 Rudy Simone (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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    Very helpful

    This book gives a simple and clear understanding of asperger's syndrome for female and helps tremendously in one's diagnosis journey. Throughout the book one will definitely see what AS really is, especially for female and how one can have navigated through life without being noticed. This book is a must read for anybody who is willing to understand what AS is practically, in real life and FROM THE INSIDE!!!

    The little downsides of this book is that sometimes the author is too simplistic in her explanation of cause and effects or giving the solution. Keep in mind it's just the author's insight and it doesn't represent the ultimate answer and/or solution. Also keep in mind that one is more than just a diagnosis and there's always the part of one's personality and history that play a role in the way we experience the world. We are not just aspergirls, we are individuals first. With that in perspective, one will certainly benefit from this book!

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    • Elisabeth Carey
    • 20/12/2020

    Interesting, imperfect look at autism in women

    This is a very interesting and in some ways very useful book about high-functioning autism--or, as was still the officially accepted but already challenged label at the time of original publication, Asperger's syndrome--in girls and women.

    There's a lot here about how under-diagnosed autism has been and still is in girls, compared to boys. It's very much grounded in Simone's personal experience, and her interviews with an unknown number of women and girls with Asperger's diagnoses. It's interesting and informative, in terms of how high-functioning autism can be both a genuinely different experience for females than males, and also less recognized in females because of different expectations that society has for women and girls vs. men and boys.

    Yet, the anecdotal approach has real limitations, too. Rudy Simone doesn't have the scientific orientation of Dr. Camilla Pang, another autistic woman who has written about autism, and one consequence is that this book does not have the broader and deeper grounding of Pang's Explaining Humans:What Science Can Teach Us about Life, Love and Relationships. Simone doesn't seem to have looked at the experiences of women and girls who aren't a great deal like her, making this book, to use a term that I honestly never anticipated using in a book review, extremely cisheteronormative. (Not because there's anything wrong with the term; just because I'm a white cis woman in my sixties for whom many of the terminology that comes from greater awareness of intersectionality and its importance feel strange and alien to me, even though the ideas they express feel very right.) Most of the discussion of relationships in this book did not even in passing consider that some autistic/Asperger's women might not be white, might not be straight, might possibly be transgender. That last omission might be due to the original publication date, in 2010, when there was less open discussion of transgender issues--or the belief that there was less discussion of transgender issues may be a sign of the bubble I was living in on that subject, ten years ago. In 2020, though, it really stands out as a blind spot.

    There is a lot of good, sensible advice here for teens and tweens and their parents dealing with these issues. That's the area where it's most helpful and valuable. It's less useful for adults, although the encouragement to pursue a diagnosis and meaningful help, if it seems appropriate, even in later life, is good.

    Yet Simone seems to generalize far too much from her own personal experience, and not check in with the science and the data nearly enough.

    Moreover, there's a distressing amount of what I call woo-woo. Simone believes that autistics may have psychic powers. No, seriously. Much of the anecdotal evidence she cites sounds to me a lot more like survival-based learning to read body language in other people, whether consciously or not. She's also quite taken with the idea that autism may be caused by digestive system problems. She conducts her own tiny (ten people), uncontrolled "study" with a food supplement for which the makers claim near-miraculous effects.

    It's an interesting book, but a very mixed bag. I did really enjoy the first half of it or so, up to about chapter seven, but after that it seems to go off the deep end.

    Still, it was an interesting listen, and there is good, practical advice for teens and tweens, and their parents.

    I bought this audiobook.

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    • D. R.
    • 12/05/2020

    Very Helpful

    I heard my own story on many of the pages of this book. I’m in the process of getting a diagnosis and this book gave many helpful hints.

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    • Millaray
    • 09/01/2020

    kind and clear

    The tone of the book is very kind. It really helps you accept your autism. The book also offers advice to aspergirls and to parents, which are clear and useful.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 03/02/2021

    Oversimplified, basic, and gendered

    Although it says it's for Asperger's women of all ages, it's clearly aimed toward preteen girls and their parents. I found the content oversimplified, making sweeping generalizations about girls with Asperger's. It was also quite gendered. Although the author claims to despise gender roles, she includes advice for aspergirls to act and appear more socially acceptable, ie more 'feminine'. To the point where she compares dressing nicely and grooming to wearing a work uniform; if you want to get a date, dress for the job. No thanks. I didn't force myself to finish the book, and abandoned it partway through.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 27/11/2020

    Informative but not for everyone

    Wouldn't have bought the book if I knew it promoted New Age practices. It's apparent that most of the psychiatric classifications and recommended treatments somehow involves the mystical and New Age religion.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 19/10/2020

    Functioning lables, diet lessening "symptoms"

    Aside from the constant use of functioning labels and talk of diet and it lessoning "symptoms" of Autism, i quite enjoyed this book.

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    • Jay S
    • 16/10/2020

    Excellent resource and well performed.

    I found this book extremely informative and helpful. As a Male non AS person I still found it incredibly insightful and am so glad it was recommended to me.

    I cannot recommend it enough if your someone with AS, a parent or just to gain knowledge.

    I very much enjoyed the narrator. She did an excellent job!

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 24/03/2021

    Absolute must read!!!

    This book is one of a kind!! I will listen to this repeatedly just to make sure I get all the information in my mind. The narrator has a soothing voice and the book is written with much compassion and understanding. I absolutely love this book and it was a blessing to be guided to it!!!! I hope there are more books like this coming.

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    • Egemen Hakkı Kurtoğlu
    • 14/03/2021

    awesome book to discover female Aspieworld

    awesome book to discover female Aspieworld. the stories and cites from real folks blended wonderfully wit author's personal experiences