Books about Autism written by men abound, but it is more difficult to find books written from a female perspective—by someone, a woman, with Autism. Statistics show that Autism affects four times more men than women; four times more boys are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) than girls. However, Autism symptoms and traits may present themselves differently among girls than boys, and many girls have been missed during childhood. Some of these woman who grew up autistic, write about their experiences and share their unique views in the books they have created.
Aspergirls is written by Rudy Simone, and is a handbook written by an Aspergirl (female with Asperger’s Syndrome—AS) for Aspergirls. Simone guides you through every aspect of both personal and professional life. This book covers issues such as blame, guilt, savant skills, friendships, careers, rituals, routines, depression, romance, and marriage. Rudy identifies recurring struggles females on the Autism Spectrum routinely encounter while encouraging and empowering them to lead happy fulfilled lives. This book is a must read for women diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism, those who think they may be on the spectrum, or those who love them.
22 Things a Woman with Asperger’s Syndrome Wants Her Partner to Know is another wonderful book written by Rudy Simone. It is an entertaining, easy-to-read book which is ideal for anyone dating or in a relationship with a female with Asperger’s Syndrome. Rudy covers 22 common areas of confusion in dating and relationships in relation to Autism including first dates, sex, marriage, and having children. 22 Things is an eye-opening book for anyone who loves an autistic woman.
Pretending to Be Normal is an autobiography written by Liane Holliday Willey. Liane has a doctorate of education with a specialty in pschyolinguistics, and has taught on the university level for over 15 years. In this autobiography she shares her life and experiences as a woman with Asperger’s Syndrome, giving encouragement and guidance along the way. Her book is filled with information and insights that have changed the lives of many women on the Autism Spectrum.
Winner of the Gold Award in the 2006 Foreword Book of the Year competition, Asperger’s and Girls is a book written by a collaboration of nine authors addressing different aspects of the unique needs of girls on the Autism Spectrum. The book covers issues related to diagnosis, “Aspie Girls” being missed and falling below the radar, schooling, first menstruations, dating, and more. Being written by many authors gives the reader differing perspectives with the same book.
Cynthia Kim shares all the quirkyness of living with Asperger Syndrome (ASD) in this accessible, witty and honest guide. From being labelled nerdy and shy as an undiagnosed child to redefining herself when diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome as an adult, she describes how her perspective shifted to understanding a previously largely incomprehensible world and combines this with extensive research to explore the ‘why’ of ASD traits. She explains how they impact on everything from self-care to holding down a job and offers typically practical and creative strategies to help manage them including a section on the benefits of martial arts for people with ASD. Packed full of personal anecdotes and useful advice, this humorous, insider guide will be of immeasurable value to recently diagnosed autistic adults and their partners and family members, carers and mental health professionals working with people with autism, and anyone exploring whether they may be on the spectrum. See: Nerdy, Shy…
Reading books by autistic females is a great way to gain understanding and insight into the minds of women on the Autism Spectrum. Those who have the ability and courage to tell their stories to the world can be an invaluable resource for those struggling to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders in females.
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