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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd (15 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849058261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849058261
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rudy Simone was born in upstate NY in 1964 but spent most of her life living in other places, including parts of Asia, Europe and California. She was a singer-songwriter for many years, as well as a freelance journalist, until the publication of her first book "22 Things". Rudy has had essays published in other books on autism and spirituality ("Voices of Autism" and "29 Gifts") and for a time was the head staff writer and managing editor of TAPS Paramagazine. As well as being a lecturer and researcher in the field of Asperger Syndrome, (particularly employment, relationships, and female AS) Rudy is also a novelist, screenwriter and a "speakeasy jazz" singer.

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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: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage Ye

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.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Buffy on 26 April 2011
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As a newly diagnosed "Aspergirl", I have acquired several books on the subject over the last few weeks. To put it simply, the other books have simply "rattled the locks" on the "Asperger Box". This book however has literally "blown the lid off".
I have ordered a further copy to loan out to family and friends, as well as "Asperger's on the Job" - another title by the same author. I particularly like the interviews with other Aspergirls, and in some cases their partners, and also the explanations of some of the more unusual "behaviours". The author also compares the differences between males and females with Asperger's Syndrome. It's nice to know that I'm not alone.

I am currently using the book to help me "find the right words" for a website I am creating.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is associated in any way with an Aspergirl.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. De St Gotch on 13 Aug 2010
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As the mother of a daughter diagnosed only two years ago at the age of 17 with Aspergers this book provided me with more information than I have been able to find anywhere else. I bought it primarily for my daughter to read, but both my husband and I have also now read it and think that everyone who has any contact with a female with Aspergers should read it. By reading this book you gain so much more understanding of what an Aspie girl is going through and how to help them - when they need help or will accept it! If you know any female Aspie I can't recommend this book highly enough - and even if you don't know someone with it, still read it and then when you come across an Aspie you will understand why they are like they are.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By natalie on 1 Oct 2010
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After my son was diagnosed with ASD, I started researching everything related to Autism. In the process, I recognised some symptoms of AS in myself - but some of what I read on the web didn't quite fit. I soon realised that much of the information on AS on the web is still dominated by a MALE definition of AS and doesn't take into consideration the differences between men and women with Asperger's. So, I bought a few books on the subject of specifically WOMEN with Asperger's and this was one of them.

For me, reading this book was like reading about my whole life. It was absolutely mind-blowing for me. There is a table of asperger traits in females at the back and I found myself ticking pretty much every one. It's really a MUST READ for anyone girl/woman who either already has asperger's OR suspects that they do. DO NOT HESITATE TO BUY IT!!!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Jun 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. Liane Holliday Willey's daughter said it sounded like a superhero and she is right.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SammyCee on 3 May 2013
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I found this book recently after my daughter (8) was diagnosed with AS. I bought it mainly to help me support her, but also because, as part of her assessment process I realised that the AS label also very probably applied to me. I have always struggled with life's little social rituals, fitting in, etc....and this book resonated with me on every level. It made complete sense and explained why most seemingly simple things in my life are just so hard. Although it doesn't cure me, I have a huge sense of relief that there is an explanation for me, and it surprisingly, makes me feel proud that I have AS. I now feel more empowered about supporting my daughter, and rather than try and minimise her symptoms I will now try and emphasise some of her AS traits as positive life skills. For her and or me the way forward is now clearer. I hugely recommend this book - for support of another and support to oneself!
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