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A clinical psychologist from Brisbane, Australia, Dr. Tony Attwood has over thirty years of experience with individuals with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). He has worked with several thousand individuals, from infants to octogenarians, from profoundly disabled persons to university professors. Dr. Attwood works in private practice in Brisbane, but is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland. He presents workshops and training courses for parents, professionals, and individuals with autism all over the world. In addition, he is a prolific author of scientific papers and books. His books and videos on Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism are recognized as the best offerings in the field. Over 300,000 of his book Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals have been sold, and it has been translated into twenty languages.

Catherine Faherty works with children and adults with autism through the well-renowned TEACCH program in North Carolina. She is also a parent consultant and child therapist; consults to school programs; trains teachers and other professionals locally, nationally, and internationally; and runs social groups for children and adults with autism. She has written manuals used in TEACCH trainings, developed training models, and has written a workbook for children with autism and their parents and teachers, titled Asperger’s: What Does It Mean To Me? Catherine Faherty resides in Asheville, North Carolina.

Sheila Wagner, M.Ed., received her undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and her graduate degree in Special Education from Georgia State University. Past experience in autism began at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana University where she was an associate teacher, then demonstration teacher in the autism demonstration program and, later, an educational consultant to teachers and schools across the State of Indiana under the tutelage of Nancy Dalrymple, the first of many mentors. Currently, Ms. Wagner is an autism consultant, school consultant, teacher trainer, guest lecturer, and published author of numerous articles and books. Her books include Inclusive Programming for Elementary Students with Autism (1999), Inclusive Programming for Middle School Students with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome (2001), Inclusive Programming for High School Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, and Understanding Asperger’s: Fast Facts (2004). She also contributed a chapter to Asperger’s and Girls (2006). She received the Autism Society of America’s Literary Award for the book on inclusion in elementary schools, and was named the ASA’s (Greater Georgia Chapter) Professional of the Year in 2002. Ms. Wagner lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area with her husband and son.

Lisa Iland is a presenter and consultant in the autism community, and a student of speech and language pathology. She is a contributing author of the award-winning book Asperger's and Girls, and is a regular contributor to the Autism Asperger Digest magazine as columnist of the Sib Talk newsbite. Lisa specializes in teen social skills, Asperger's Syndrome, and sibling issues.

Mary Wrobel is a speech-language pathologist with more than twenty years of experience working with students who have autism and other disabilities. She wrote Taking Care of Myself to help teach students with disabilities the necessary information and skills they need to live safe, healthy lives as independently as they are physically and mentally capable of. Mary believes that by teaching these special young people self-care skills, we can instill personal safety and reduce confusion, fear, and the incidence of abuse.

Dr. Teresa Bolick is a licensed psychologist with a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other developmental disorders. Dr. Bolick graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology and now holds MA and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Emory University. Dr. Bolick provides evaluation and treatment to children, adolescents, and their families. She consults frequently to schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She is an enthusiastic speaker, presenting workshops for parents, paraprofessionals, and professionals across the nation.

A woman with Asperger’s Syndrome, Jennifer is a terrific writer and presenter—funny, eloquent, and to the point. Growing up, her brother had autism, so ASD was a part of life in her household. But as she grew into an adult, she noticed more and more ASD characteristics in herself and was finally diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2002. She has taught herself many unique, innovative ways to navigate the world of “normal” people over her lifetime. In her intriguing and very entertaining presentation, she provides parents, educators, and others on the spectrum countless tips and ideas that can make their lives better immediately. An author and contributor to Asperger’s and Girls, Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and currently lives in California with her husband Gary.

Ruth Snyder is a self-advocate for autism. She has dedicated her life to public awareness and frequently lobbies for political freedom on behalf of people living with autism. She works hard to be a positive role model, speaking often at conferences and contributing to several publications. She lives in Illinois with her four great kids. Ruth wasn’t diagnosed with autism until her children came along, two of whom are on the spectrum as well. Ruth is currently an RN and is working on her Bachelor’s degree. She plans to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist is interested in pursuing neuroscience.

As a child, Temple Grandin could not speak. Her silent existence was broken only by rhythmic rocking and occasional fits of screaming and thrashing. Diagnosed with autism, Temple’s many caregivers eventually helped her contradict her doctors’ morbid predictions and go on to become one of the autism community’s most beloved success stories. Temple Grandin, PhD, is a popular international lecturer on autism and the author of Emergence: Labeled Autistic, Thinking in Pictures, Animals in Translation, and Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships. One of the world’s leading experts in livestock facility design, over half of the cattle in North America are handled in facilities designed by her. She credits her visual thinking and her systemizing mind, both characteristics of autism, for her ability to be “the woman who thinks like a cow.” Temple continues to be an inspiration and role model to millions.


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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons; 1 edition (December 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193256540X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932565409
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By D. E. W. Turner on October 4, 2007
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As an Aspie female, I was a little taken back by how much I fit the bill and yet how much I felt the authors assumed we don't understand. I don't think it is so much not "understanding" as an inability to "apply" the information to ourselves. For myself, as I feel that I am on the "outside looking in," the body I see when I look down does not seem to be attached to my brain -- therefore, it is not my body and not my responsibility. I wonder if that statement makes sense to anyone out there?
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Dorman on June 18, 2008
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Many books written about disability are often taken from or about boys experiences,and girls have not yet got on the radar in many areas. I speak from experience as I have a daughter with AS. She is now 22 y.o and I have just discovered this. Not through lack of searching for information, (and misdirection from 'professionals) but by discovering literature written by Tony Attwood et al.

Girls with Aspergers made it very clear to me that there is not one type of AS, it comes in many forms and is mercurial! It also looked at AS from many perspectives. That is from young women writing about being an 'aspie', to others who were teachers, assessors and relatives of the AS person. This meant that I could guage my own experiences and thoughts against others who have experienced similar things, and know that I am not going nuts, and that what I know and see is valid. Very assuring.

Thankfully, my daughter is a reader, and of course she has been as confused as I about her 'difference' - we know she is not stupid as her general knowledge and peculiar abilities keep us on our toes and never fail to astound us. However, her social life leaves a big hole in all our hearts.

So, I gave her this book to read. Tthe lights went on. She was able to identfy with much of what was said. She also found more confidence, and we have been able to share some of her stored anxieties. I too have made a shift in my communication, expectations and approaches to my daughter. This has made a world of difference to how we now get on. I can also speak confidently about her needs (based on AS vocabulary)and how to work with my girl, to agency staff who have been scratching their heads too.

I am now greatly inspired. This book has lifted me out of a long depression and extended grief for my child and myself. I can break now from beating myself up.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By LJ on February 17, 2008
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I was so anxious to get this book and am very let down. Nearly every one of the "experts" are not Aspies, and they repeat the same information over and over, many times quoting and requoting one another. It also seemed to dwell over and over on menstrual periods. There really is more to a female than that.

It's a very shallow book. Each "expert" seemed to type up their own disjointed report and they all got smashed together and called a book. It would have been much more worthwhile if one person wrote the book and covered more topics instead of each person repeating.

A book that is leaps and bounds more informative is Liane Holliday Willey's 'Pretending To Be Normal'. She covers so much more ground, is concise, uses so many real world experiences that I could relate to easily. This one doesn't have that.
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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Jamie L. Twilligear on April 27, 2008
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If half-stars were allowed, I would have given this book 1 and 1/2 stars, and both of those stars would have been owed strictly to Jennifer Mcilwee Myers (herself an Aspie), for her brilliant essay, "Aspie Do's and Dont's: Dating, Relationships and Marriage." It was nothing short of genius, as well as being moving, refreshing and funny.

It is honestly beyond my comprehension why this piece of art was featured alongside tripe like "Girl to Girl: Advice on Friendship, Bullying and Fitting In" by Lisa Iland. This latter essay was written by a neurotypical young woman who has both a brother, and, apparently, "many friends" on the autistic spectrum, and contains gems like "The Popularity Hierarchy" and "Mainstream Your Imagine". It was as painful to read as you might imagine. I suppose it could be useful enough if one wished to attempt to turn an interesting Asperger's girl into vapid automaton, but it's not a goal of mine.

Slightly more comprehensively written, but equally painful to read, was the essay "Preparing for Puberty and Beyond". It sounds useful, doesn't it? Alas, here's an example: "It is socially appropriate for teenage girls to shave their legs and underarms. Girls who don't shave are likely to be teased and humiliated. Most neurotypical girls decide to shave on their own, but the idea of shaving may not occur to girls with Asperger's. At some point before high school, parents will need to explain the reasons for shaving and carefully instruct their daughters on leg and underarm shaving." Maybe it rings true to you, but, personally, if my precious Aspie daughter grows to leg-shaving age without expressing a desire to shear herself, I don't intend to hand her over a handy dandy Gillette and tell her she'd better get herself looking "socially acceptable.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By jes on June 29, 2012
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If you have an Aspergirl, or are an Aspergirl, read Rudy Simone. She has respect and admiration for Aspergirls. This book, on the other hand, is an enormous waste of time. I cannot BELIEVE it won an award!

Ok, it was 2006, and I don't think there was any other book on Aspergirls at that time. So bravo to the compiler for trying. But this set the standard really, REALLY low. It seems the concept for the book was to get everyone who's a big name in the Aspie-education community to throw together whatever pops into mind about girls with ASD. There is no coherence, no vision, abominable editing, puke-inducing writing, repetitiveness, massive areas of major significance totally untouched...

The only good thing in this book is Jennifer Mcilwee Myers' essay. That was fantastic. She actually has writing skills, and had a clear idea of what she wanted to say. Everything else in this book is trash (and readily available elsewhere). I have been an editor since 2003, and while I must say that Ruth Snyder's essay was heart-wrenching and honest, and I understand wanting to "let authentic aspie voices be heard", it would have greatly benefited from major editing. I am really glad she told the story she did, but honestly, how incompetent does an editor have to be to put a story as depressing as that at the END of a book that is supposed to ENCOURAGE Aspergirls?

God help us.

Don't even get me started on Lisa Iland's article. I found it personally offensive. I understand she's just trying to help, and maybe she does help some people, but this is the article where I started to think, "Did the compiler just google 'Asperger's' and email the first 9 names that popped up?
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