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  1. Nicole Ridgwell Nicole Ridgwell says:

    I thought the first half of this book was very good showing how the core elements of aspergers manifest in daily life in different ways for different women and girls However about halfway through it seems like the author stopped taking in as many perspectives or something because what she was talking about stopped being relevant to me I have aspergers but I don't get temper meltdowns or have depression She seems to say that all aspergirls have these problems but you don't have to have those problems to be an asperrgirl I know I'm lucky not to have those problems and that they are problems for many aspergirls so I'm glad she included them but she should acknowledge in some way that those problems are not universal One area I think the book was lacking in was a discussion of social andor generalized anxiety It was touched on many times but there was never a discussion dedicated to it which I think is a shame because I know that is a common problem encountered by aspergirls Another subject I wish it had touched on was ueer aspergirls The romance section was entirely focused on male partners and I wish she would have acknowledged in this chapter that some aspergirls aren't straight One final negative point this book relies on a lot of pseudoscience most particularly the last chapter about gastrointestinal problems Anecdotes and studiessurveys without a control ARE NOT SCIENCE AND DO NOT PROVE ANYTHING The author gives a list of 'gastrointestinal problems' list includes migraines and says that 910 aspergirls have these problems HOWEVER the list is so broad includes very common problems such as heartburn that I'm sure if you gave this survey to a representative sample of NTs you would get 910 people having at least one of these problemsAs much as I appreciated the first half of the book especially the section on mutism I wish I hadn't forked 10 over for it because large parts of it were not relevant to me and being a biology major the pseudoscience really really really bugged me I would give the first half 455 stars and the second half 155 stars

  2. Chris Chris says:

    This was a book that definitely gave me a lot to think about because even though I'm positive my computer design engineer father has Aspergers it never occurred to me until recently that I might have it I'm now pretty sure that I do the reasons are too numerous to list but having had the same breakfast for the past 20 years and finding my weird pattern matching ability described as fluid intelligence and an Aspergers savant skill YeahI also had a lot of trouble with this book because it seemed too touchy feely without enough references beyond the author's other books And then I hit a sentence that exponentially increased my resistance to the book depression exists because there's a problem in your life Oh hellafuckno sometimes it does to be sure but sometimes it's a purely biochemical sort of thing that you have little control over

  3. Bridgett Bridgett says:

    I liked reading this book about autistic females and am autistic myself though most of the women described are higher functioning than me I looked typically autistic as a child and continue to struggle with daily living tasks as an adult I related a lot to the discussion on relationships and meltdowns I liked the idea of depression meltdowns as I experience those as well though that's partly due to my bipolar I do not believe autism is caused by gutstomach issues though which the book delved into toward the end Though I will admit it seems like a lot of autistics have stomach issues as well as things like depression or anxiety I don't know how much information was new to me but things were presented in a new manner at least

  4. Anna Lear Anna Lear says:

    This book embodies a disturbing paradox pointed out to me by someone close to this topic personally on the one hand Simone appropriates a clinical label which is now part of Autism Spectrum Disorder far less cool than Asperger's BTW to give weight to her creation of a new identity Aspergirl'; yet on the other hand she essentially dismisses the disciplines of psychiatry and psychology as backwards and ineffective This feels disingenuous a calculated move to gather in those feeling like outsiders and then isolate them from the discipline that would in my mind give concrete data backed answers and recommendations which might not validate Simone's viewpoint all the reason for her to dismiss and discredit itI was a uirky smart sometimes painfully awkward girl and I've known many uirky girls and women in my lifetime All of us grew and adapted; a few better than others but not a single one of us would I label with Asperger's or autism As a mental health clinician I see girls and women with a wide range of abilities and temperaments and issues and perhaps one so far meets the criteria for ASD because she experiences actual impairment not just discomfort in various life domains What good is it to label an entire range of girls and women who don't meet society's norms but still function well? Simone seems hell bent frankly on doing just that and I wonder again how this constructed identity with a truly heavy clinical label of Austism now helps people Really what's wrong with being just uirky?To me this book feels very cultish like look you're part of this uniue group of girls and women and it's all really fabulous and any trouble you have is either society's misunderstanding of you or the psychologists' misunderstanding or someone else's fault Yes society has rigid roles and expectations and we should celebrate differences and uniue abilities rather than burden people with a sense of being not enough But to clinically label people who really are doing okay especially with a label that applies to people true autistics who along with their families far often struggle with severe mental cognitive and emotional difficulties kind of offends me Autism is not cool it is when properly diagnosed by a trained sensitive and yes compassionate clinician a serious issue usually reuiring intensive lifelong care I am not an Aspergirl My daughter is not an Aspergirl My neighbor's daughter diagnosed with autism at age 2 is not an Aspergirl and her mother said she almost threw the book out a window after reading about 3 paragraphs

  5. Catie Catie says:

    This book is no doubt important – the author makes an excellent point at the beginning about how the entire Asperger’s diagnosis has been modeled after male patients and that the hallmarks of the disorder in women are less well defined I appreciate that she obviously did her homework in speaking with a large group of “Aspergirls” and genuinely giving her best advice to young women with Asperger’s and to their parentsHowever this book is entirely based on anecdotal evidence with little to no actual research or science involved In the later chapters after the author suggests that some Aspergirls may have psychic powers she makes completely unfounded generalizations about gut disorders being a possible root cause of ASD and then proceeds to organize a nebulous trial with ten volunteers and a mysterious gut benefiting vitamin supplement – using no controls As someone who has a background in science this was hard to take and I’m nervous that some women may read this book and take everything here as gospel without any further research

  6. Jeanne Jeanne says:

    I've struggled with writing this review because this book has good ualities and I think it's very helpful for someone who suspects that they or their child has AS However it is heavily slanted by the personal experiences and point of view of the author So much so that at times it put me off or distracted me from the information I wanted I would recommend this book to teen and adult readers but there's not much that can help a young child Though there are stories that can help the parent of a young child better understand their behavior I would also recommend this book to anyone interested in better understanding AS and especially for anyone looking to better understand how gender is a factor in diagnose and social acceptance of disabilities like AS and Autism I ESPECIALLY recommend this book to mothers of autistic children I suspect that many of us actually have undiagnosed AS and reading this book really highlights the similarities I share with my children and helped me better understand and empathize with them On the whole this a good book a fast read and very informative I just wish there had been some other contrasting opinions and experiences to balance the author's views

  7. Gerry Huntman Gerry Huntman says:

    Being a parent of a girl with autism biases my reading interest toward books on the topic and to date I have read a lot Aspergirls is uite atypical of many i have read and refreshing in styleRudy Simone has Asperger's Syndrome AS and has been a strong advocate for those with the condition for some years Her approach to writing is to say it as it is and simply She does this to good effect What I particularly like about this tome is she uotes regularly from interviewed girls and women with AS and conseuently adds many voices to hers in her coverage of a myriad of topics from challenges in schools to the impact of puberty on aspergirls Nothing is taboo There were also a few uotations that caused me to laugh out loud it's good to be able to infuse some humor in what is a topic that can get uite seriousAnother aspect of the structure of the book is that at the end of each topic chapter Rudy summarizes by providing direct advice to aspergirls followed by advice to aspergirl parents This is smart very smart as the two target audiences are vastly different and covers her audience well and importantly sends clear messages to the two most important groups that affect aspergirlsI found the book useful but I have to concede that the book is overwhelmingly targeting Asperger's Syndrome not other folk on the Autism Spectrum My daughter is a high functioning autistic girl and has many challenges that differ from AS And yet the common ground was useful evidenced by having discussions with my wife on various statements madeAll in all I found the book useful clearly written and sensibly structured

  8. Karen Harper Karen Harper says:

    This book is about Rudy Simone's life experience as an Aspergirl She comes across as bitter and her views are anything but empowering She states that people with AS should embrace their uniue strengths and then goes on to suggest that autism is caused by the mythical leaky gut and that symptoms can be mitigated by taking certain supplements This is pseudoscience at its best She also claims that Aspergirls have psychic powers I'm not kidding If you are a parent considering giving this book to your daughter please read it thoroughly first Your daughter deserves accurate scientifically based information about AS Simone paints a bleak picture for Aspergirls suggesting that they are unlikely to complete college or find suitable mates without a lot of extra support Her self loathing is evident in her writing and I do believe her views could be harmful to young women I hope another better ualified advocate will write a book on empowerment for Aspie girls This one fails miserably

  9. Desiree Loeven Desiree Loeven says:

    Self centered writing claiming to speak for all asperger women while obviously drawing from personal experiencethinking uoted other aspergirls without connecting us to the plightjourney of them Consistently uses we in place of I and drove me mad with hypocritical statements I put it down halfway through Sorely disappointed and probably too harsh as a result Overall annoying and unhelpful Suggest Be Different Adventures of a Free Range Aspergian by John Elder Robison instead

  10. Pam Pam says:

    Good basic information for those new to Asperger's esp as manifested in females I liked the uotes from various Aspergirls but found the writing to be rather choppy at times with lack of flow and abrupt transitions in topics What I didn't like was Simone's one sided and unsubstantiated view on the autismleaky gut connection In Chapter 19 Stomach Issues and Autism she wrote Most of the world's top autism researchers and doctors now believe thatautism is initially caused by a compromised digestive system which allows toxins from the environment to get into the bloodstream and impact brain development at crucial stages There is no citation for this claim in reality most of the most renowned experts do not believe this and it has never been proven or substantiated to date in any clinical studies The experts she does list by name are pop psychology types Other than this obvious bias and lack of proof I thought the book was a nice introduction to the very different way that AS affects women vs men

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Aspergirls Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome ❰Reading❯ ➶ Aspergirls Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome Author Rudy Simone – Girls with Asperger's Syndrome are less freuently diagnosed than boys even once symptoms have been recognized help is often not readily available The image of coping well presented by AS females can o Girls with Asperger's Syndrome Females with PDF Æ are less freuently diagnosed than boys even once symptoms have been recognized help is often not readily available The image of coping well presented by AS females can often mask difficulties deficits challenges loneliness.

  • Paperback
  • 236 pages
  • Aspergirls Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome
  • Rudy Simone
  • English
  • 04 October 2014
  • 9781849058261