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More filters. Sort order. Dec 16, Nicole Ridgwell rated it liked it. 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 t 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.
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.
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 Queer 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. I would give the first half 4. View all 17 comments. Feb 06, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: memoirs. Simone's passion is clear here, but sometimes a bit muddled and misguided. I'm trying to find it charming, though.
A few things that are bothersome about her writing: often contradicts herself. Within a few pages, she'll say that girls with Aspergers are emotionally immature, then talk about how she is more mature than her peers, than go back to discussing her fondness for kids' movies because she's She discusses how women on the autism spectrum often don't have an innate u Simone's passion is clear here, but sometimes a bit muddled and misguided.
She discusses how women on the autism spectrum often don't have an innate understanding of femininity and are drawn to androgynous expressions of gender - and yet, remains firmly within a heteronormative, cisgendered perspective.
Perhaps I am judgmental of this perspective because I come from a queer background. It is also mildly irritating that she consistently makes proclamative statements about very specific things that individuals with Aspergers would be good at: for example, "Dads, the great thing about having an AS daughter is that she will be more likely to want to help you fix the car and build a fort than help Mom cook dinner"; at other points in the book she essentially states that Aspergirls will be good at dismantling computers but not cooking imaginative dinners.
Some of the advice is very solid whereas other bits are misguided at best. She lambasts college counselors at their efforts to get an Aspergirl to "try harder" at socializing; yet her very own advice to Aspergirls in the socialization section is paraphrased "keep trying at socializing until you are better at it".
View all 3 comments. Dec 15, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: done , , aspergers , health , selfhelp , psychology. This was a book that definitely gave me a lot to think about I also had a lot of trouble with this book, bec This was a book that definitely gave me a lot to think about I 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: " View all 5 comments. Nov 16, Anna Lear rated it did not like it. 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 lik 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 I was a quirky, smart, sometimes painfully awkward girl, and I've known many quirky 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 quirky"? To me, this book feels very cultish, like, look, you're part of this unique 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 Yes, society has rigid roles and expectations, and we should celebrate differences and unique abilities rather than burden people with a sense of being "not enough.
Autism is not "cool," it is, when properly diagnosed by a trained, sensitive, and yes, compassionate clinician, a serious issue usually requiring 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. View 2 comments.
Jan 28, Bridgett rated it really liked it Shelves: psychology , autobiography. 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 more "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. 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. Jun 21, Catie rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction , read-in However, 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. Jan 09, Gerry Huntman rated it really liked it.
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 quite atypical of many i have read and refreshing in style. Rudy 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 quotes regularly from interviewed girls and women w 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.
What I particularly like about this tome is she quotes regularly from interviewed girls and women with AS and consequently 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 quotations 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 quite serious.
Another 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 more importantly, sends clear messages to the two most important groups that affect aspergirls. I 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 made.
Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome
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Liane Holliday Willey is a doctor of education, a writer and a researcher who specializes in the fields of psycholinguistics and learning style differences. Willey is a married mother of three, the owner of an equine boarding facility, and the Senior Editor of Autism Spectrum Quarterly. She also has Asperger Syndrome. A frequent guest lecturer on 'Aspie' topics, Dr. Willey is an energetic educator and advocate of Asperger issues.
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It was published in by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. The book is about females who have Asperger syndrome and their experiences. It was written to help girls and women who have been diagnosed with Asperger's. Simone is a jazz musician as well as an author. She dealt with many symptoms as a child, but she did not realize that these were due to Asperger syndrome. These symptoms included acting out , moods changing quickly, and difficulty in understanding some forms of communication.