Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome
*Gold Medal Winner in the Sexuality / Relationships Category of the 2010 IPPY Awards*
* Honorable Mention in the 2010 Foreword Review Awards Women's Issues Category *
With Foreword by Liane Holliday Willey
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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.
The BUZZ!!! is happening on Aspergirls:
This first review is from the book's Amazon page--
"This is one of the best books about girls and women on the autism/Asperger's spectrum that I have EVER read! No parent, educator or medical professional should be without this gem. Women and girls on the spectrum will certainly recognize themselves in this stellar masterpiece of a book. It is very empowering!
If you are a girl or woman on the spectrum, this book is truly your best friend. Rudy Simone, like Dr. Travis Thompson and Dr. Tony Attwood is the voice of tolerance and understanding...She really "gets" it!
...Rudy Simone is a genius. It is as simple as that. She has interviewed women on the spectrum and included their thoughts in this masterpiece of a book. Liane Holliday Willey wrote the foreword and she has Asperger's and her daughter does as well.
Rudy Simone outlines critical points throughout one's life, from birth to senior citizenship with Asperger's. She outlines with clearly written, easy to follow lists of key bullet items that help direct readers' focus on Aspergerian behaviors, reasons for same and mechanisms for coping. Each chapter closes with Advice to Parents and Advice to Aspergirls. I like the new terminology - Aspergirls. Liane Holliday Willey's daughter said it sounded like a superhero and she is right. I think we should get into raising our glasses and proposing a toast to Rudy Simone!
I strongly urge everyone to read this book and I would like to give people extra copies of it. It has truly been a major help to me personally and for that, I say a heartfelt 'THANK YOU, RUDY SIMONE!'"
- From BeatleBangs1964 on Amazon reviews
"Aspergirls is an extraordinary read. It is an affirmation of the movement towards understanding AS in females and a celebration of the culture of AS womanhood. Simone writes with passion, honesty and truth – sharing both the challenges and the joys of a woman’s life on the spectrum through her own observations and the voices of other women. Importantly, Aspergirls is also for parents, partners, family, clinicians and educators. It is rich with stories and strategies to be read and re-read as reminders, mantras and as a map for embarking on the journey of being a woman with AS. Above all, this is a much-needed book about permission, empowerment, and as Simone so eloquently states, moving beyond the mutism. Bring all your color, girls, and paint the world!"
-- Shana Nichols, PhD, Clinical Director ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development, Author of Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years
"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 each topic there are sections of advice for the Aspergirl and her parents. These sections will also be very helpful to clinicians. 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
Here's a story on Rudy and Aspergirls in the London Daily Telegraph and another in Time Magazine.
From Liane's foreword:
"New books are always exciting, but only a certain few have staying power. Aspergirls ~ Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome is here to stay.”—Liane Holiday Willey
I did have a blog on Psychology Today called Aspergirls. which had over 125000 hits in just three months but they fired me for being autistic! Please boycott that magazine and view my reposted blogs here on this site (right click on the link to open in a new tab, and then have a look when you are through with the main portion of this site.
The news: Aspergirls has gone Dutch! That's right, folks, as well as turning Japanese! French and German translations appearing soon!