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Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome [Kindle Edition]

Rudy Simone
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Book Description

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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"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

"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. 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, it 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, Licensed Psychologist, Researcher and Clinical Director of ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development, and author of Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum

About the Author

Rudy Simone is an Aspergirl, writer and AS consultant who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of '22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger's Syndrome', also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1672 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X4JKR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Godsend! AsperGirl Power! April 26, 2010
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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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Pat Benetar girl-power anthem... August 18, 2010
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of information
When I first heard about Asperger's, I knew it might be me. So I looked online to find out as much information as I could. There wasn't that much. Read more
Published 8 days ago by maci
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Easy to read. Each chapter has words directed to girls and to parents, which is nice. I did not care for the generalizations nor for the hetereo-normative assumption of... Read more
Published 11 days ago by W. Rickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
This is a wonderful book that should be read by all mothers, daughters, sisters, anyone who is or interacts with an 'Aspergirl'. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Debi Affentranger
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource!
A very practical, first-person account of what females with Asperger's (Aspergirls!) can expect, how to cope, how to do more than cope, and how parents can help make life easier... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Sharon McCart
3.0 out of 5 stars To Simple, just okay.
Just found out I have Asperger's. I'm Anthony's wife, not Anthony. It seemed really great at first but, it was a tad boring after a while and never really talked about WHAT... Read more
Published 20 days ago by anthony Hanick
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable inside information!
if you want (and need) to know more about Asperger's Syndrome (or AS)...you must read this book. Getting to know how girls are affected by this neurological disorder is both... Read more
Published 23 days ago by demme
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Curiosity made me pick it up at the library. It's a keeper. The book is clearly written, but not deep and clinical. The topics apply to real life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan Schuder
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a must read if you are close to any woman or girl with...
The title of this review says it all. The anecdotes illustrate clearly the perspective and problems associated with X chromosome Aspergers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marsha D. Benshir
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
It's like she was able to write down what is going on in my own mind. I do recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Lnc
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosive Revelations
Simone's book is manna from heaven for those of us just learning we are not alone in our struggles in navigating the neuro-typical world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Friedlander Hollingsworth
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More About the Author

Rudy Simone is the author of four best-selling books on Asperger Syndrome: "Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome" (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2010), "Asperger's on the Job: Must-have Advice" (Future Horizons 2010) "22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man With Asperger Syndrome" (JKP 2009) and "22 Things a Woman with Aspergers Wants her Partner to Know" (JKP 2012). Three of her books have won awards, including the Independent Publishers Gold medal(Ippy), Foreword Review Gold medal and a Living Now Silver medal. Her books have been translated into several languages. A fifth AS book is on the way.

Ms. Simone has lectured at Autism/Asperger conferences around the world. She is now offering webinars for personal and professional development. Her website www.help4aspergers.com is the #1 resource in the world to find information on general Asperger traits, and on how AS manifests in females.

Rudy is also an award-winning singer/songwriter. Her new album "Gothic Blues" is now on Amazon (www.amazon.com/Rudy-Simone/e/B00G9FPQA4) and a second album is on the way. You can watch videos on her youtube channel and at www.rudysimone.net. She has also published a fantasy epic on kindle called Orsath (formerly The Fool).



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