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Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome [Format Kindle]

Rudy Simone
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*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 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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Godsend! AsperGirl Power! 28 juin 2010
Format:Broché
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 in re the a/A experience. She really "gets" it!

I like the way she replaces harmful verbiage such as "stimming," which is a term I never liked either with the more tolerant and much more accurate term "soothing" behaviors. She dislikes the term "stimming" because to her it sounds "creepy." I dislike it because I think it trivializes or downplays the need to release excess tension when sensory input gets to be too much. After all, the neurotypical (NT) population "stims," by tapping and jingling things in their pockets and fidgeting, just to name a few.

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 throught 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.
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Par Nolwennsarah TOP 100 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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Excellent livre de vulgarisation sur le syndrome d'Asperger dans son expression féminine, écrit par une femme Asperger. C'est une excellente introduction au SA très connue aux USA qui contient notamment des outils pour mieux connaître et comprendre ce que ce syndrome représente chez les femmes et pourquoi il est très souvent non ou tardivement diagnostiqué .
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Guide 9 avril 2013
Par Marjorie
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Excellent guide to find out about the syndrome of Asperger !
An entertaining start to enter the world of isolation, the + and the - of the existence
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you think you might be an Aspergirl, you NEED to read this book. Today. 23 juillet 2010
Par Jill Florio - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was astounded to recognize myself in these pages. For decades I have been wrestling with self-diagnosing my non-normal neurological behaviors, but always sort of discounted Aspergers as an answer.

It makes sense now that I realize most previous studies on Aspergers Syndrome were based on studies of men and boys. It's a huge relief to realize that Aspergers presents differently among girls and women - and to realize I that have found myself within these pages.

It's at once incredibly freeing and a little sad. It's freeing to realize I am not alone, not some alien masquerading (poorly) as a human. It's freeing to know who I am, neurologically. But then, sad, to realize that the things that have been endless challenges for me - mainly work, relationships and finances - are NOT going to magically go away, no matter how hard or optimistically I try to fix them. They are part and parcel of me. I have to work *with* these things - allow for them - and give up on trying to *solve* them.

I wish I could make everyone I come into close contact with read Aspergirls. Friends and family would understand and hopefully tolerate my quirks better. And in fact, I am sure I would be more completely appreciated for my assets - the creativity, quirky humor, hyperfocus, passionate interests and engaging literacy...and the ability to spot patterns, amazing people with 'intuitive' leaps of logic that seem to spring from very few clues.

A few things in this book could be easily added to make it better: it seems that the author intends readers to be somewhat familiar with Autism in the first place, and I had to Google such terms as Mutism and Trainspotting. The terms Meltdown and Stimming were easier to determine from context - and opened my eyes to terms I can actually apply to my bad times/episodes of 'abnormal' public behavior. I would have appreciated more historical views on Aspergers, with more explanation of terms.

The chart at the end of the book is extremely useful; I am considering copying that part alone to hand out to friends and loved ones (which I'd then mark and highlight carefully for personal emphasis!).

In any case, I've highlighted and marked up many useful passages throughout the book for *myself* - I now keep the book by my bedside as a reminder that I might NOT have been an alien baby abandoned on this strange planet. I may not be able to pass as a neurotypical human, but with this book I can start to head off a few meltdowns and start to feel better about myself.

If you are questioning whether you or a female loved one has AS, reading this book should provide you the insight you need. You will either light up with recognition, or sigh and move on to the next possible diagnosis.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Godsend! AsperGirl Power! 27 avril 2010
Par BeatleBangs1964 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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 in re the a/A experience. She really "gets" it!

I like the way she replaces harmful verbiage such as "stimming," which is a term I never liked either with the more tolerant and much more accurate term "soothing" behaviors. She dislikes the term "stimming" because to her it sounds "creepy." I dislike it because I think it trivializes or downplays the need to release excess tension when sensory input gets to be too much. After all, the neurotypical (NT) population "stims," by tapping and jingling things in their pockets and fidgeting, just to name a few.

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 throught 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!"
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Like a Pat Benetar girl-power anthem... 18 août 2010
Par B. Caruso - Publié sur Amazon.com
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But in book form and specifically for Aspergirl...

Seriously, it is *that* honest, empowering, and inspiring.

Give Aspergirls wings that they can use, and watch them soar!

This book is not intended as a "maybe my female child falls somewhere on the spectrum" or a tool to identify where on the spectrum a person may fall.

It is delightfully specific. I think the best audience for this book is well, Aspergirls of all ages, women who suspect they have as-of-yet-undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome. It is a good book for parents of girls, young women, and even grown women with Asperger's Syndrome. It is a book that would be helpful for any loved one of a female with Asperger's Syndrome. It is definitely mostly for Aspergirls of all ages, or parents of Aspergirls (or suspected Aspergirls) of all ages.

If my parents took an interest in knowing the real me (an Aspergirl raising a son with Asperger's) instead of lamenting in how I failed in meeting their expectations for the past 34 years, then they would learn so much about why I was the way that I was growing up, and why I am the way I am now.

Simone finds a careful balance in addressing all of the audiences- she gives wonderful and a wide variety of examples of experiences in each chapter/topic, and then summarizes them into a couple of paragraphs directly addressed to the female with Asperger's and then refocuses into a summary directly addressed to the parents of an Aspergirl.

I am grateful for Simone's insight into the remarkable differences between boys and girls with Asperger's. I am hopeful that this book helps to change professional opinion and help more girls and women get the support they need to succeed as themselves, in all aspects of life.

So many women (actually females of all ages) are mislabeled as freaks and have their self-esteem and their futures destroyed because people (parents, teachers, employers) who don't get it try to remold them into what they think is "normal and acceptable". This book increases understanding so we (the Aspergirls) can stop spending all of our energy trying to blend in as normal, and instead put that energy into actually living in this strange, alien world we were born into.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Likely Helpful to the Diagnosed and Their Families 2 mai 2010
Par Laurie Gold - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The symptoms of Asperger's are different in girls than in boys and most of the studies on the Syndrome have focused on boys. Doctors and other mental health care professionals simply don't know what to look for in girls and as a result, the number of undiagnosed girls is unknown but likely quite large. Rudy Simone's book, then, which focuses entirely on girls and women with AS, is like a breath of fresh air. Aspergirls gives girls and woman a way to positively own AS because, after all, it is what it is. But I found a line on the back cover blurb to be misleading: "If you...think you might be on the spectrum, this book will be essential reading."

Simone successfully utilizes interviews with girls and women with AS as the basis for the chapters in her book. These anecdotes personalize Aspergirls, but her failure to disclose the specific checklists provided in the DSM will leave in the dark those wondering if they or somebody they love may fall along the spectrum. As I read the book, I noted a number of similarities in myself and in those close to me with those diagnosed, but also differences. In the end it's not the answer for those looking to self-diagnose.

That said, the book offers useful insights and advice to girls and their parents about a variety of topics, including "stimming" (aka soothing), socializing, school, work, and romance. It also debunks long-held beliefs about people with AS, most particularly that those along the spectrum feel less than other people. And, like John Elder Robinson's Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's, the neurotypical reader will come away with a new understanding of the thought processes and quirks of those with AS.

Simone succeeds best when sharing the emotional pain suffered by Aspergirls. Her stories, and the stories of those she interviewed, offer acceptance to a group who have rarely found acceptance in their lives. Some of her advice is nebulous, but when talking about the importance of education and getting through college, or of parents advocating for their daughters, she provides specifics, which surely will achieve her goal of Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome. What it won't do, alas, is offer definitive help to those looking for diagnostic answers.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Awful generalisations :( 2 août 2013
Par Bugbear - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
As a forty year old female Aspie, working in an Aspie-heavy career for twenty years and raising Aspie sons and daughters and advocating for them, I haven't been able to make it past the fourth chapter of this book. The generalisations are so frustrating and I don't understand how one can believe they are empowering women, by making such sweeping generalisations.

First of all, the generalisation that Aspie men all prefer comfy clothing and will often buy used clothing for a broken-in feel... excuse me? My Aspie husband and all the Aspie men I know (and there are plenty as I work and travel in such circles) have an almost phobic aversion to wearing second hand clothes. For my husband specifically, he has a slight germ phobia (this is common to many Aspies I know but not all-- I won't be generalising!) and he would never ever wear something that has been worn by someone else. Also, jeans are considered uncomfortable but my husband only feels comfortable in jeans (my son hates them) and finds fleecy trackpants horribly uncomfortable.

Simone writes that supermarkets are awful for autistic kids and AS adults females. Huh? My kids loved the supermarket and I love it too! I love the rows and rows of displays, they actually make me happy but Simone will have you believe they result in temper tantrums in adults on the spectrum.

She writes that Aspie women don't like the girly frilly ruffly clothes and prefer simple hairstyles that don't need fussing. Again, another sweeping generalisation. I know Aspie women who take great care styling their hair and enjoy it, as well as clothing that does go against what Simone is saying. Sure, I also know Aspie women who are what Simone describes but most I personally know are not!

Simone also writes that Aspie females do not like gyms. Wrong again. I love going to the gym, I work out in the male dominated weights room four days a week and go to the loud pumping music aerobics classes. Sure the music is unnecessarily loud and the NTs also complain but it doesn't bother me to the point where I feel I have to avoid it.

The bit about Aspergirls doing better with yoga-- this also does not apply to me or my Aspie female friends. We all find yoga mindnumbingly boring and frustrating!

I do believe Simone has the best of intentions with this book and really does want to empower Aspie females. So far I haven't had a problem with the advice to parents bit. However I do feel sad for her that she believes that 'this' is what it is like for Aspie women to the point where she does make these terrible generalisations.

If there's one message I'd like to put out there, it's this: As Aspies, we may have things in common but we have personalities that *make us all different*. Please don't lump us all in to one category. It is not Simone alone who is guilty of this, I have attended AS seminars by leading experts and they do fall in to the trap of gross generalisations, to the point where people in the audience have stood up and said "hey I'm Aspie, and that is not me, WE ARE INDIVIDUALS TOO YOU KNOW!" Right on! Not one Aspie ticks every box. You know the saying-- if you've met one Aspie, you've simply met one Aspie.

I don't even know what other book to recommend as so many frustrate me.

If you consider yourself an advocate, please also consider any generalisations you may be making. Please, I beg you, at least include a "this does not apply to everyone" because I'm sick of reading 'about' myself or my husband or children and none of what is said applies to them. These kinds of texts can give the wrong idea about Aspies and not in a good way.

I give this book two stars because I do admire what Rudy Simone has attempted to do... but she too has fallen in to the trap of presenting generalised stereotypes as applying to everyone and that is what I object to.
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