Books on Girls and Autism/Aspergers

Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum by Eileen Riley-Hall, mother of 2 girls on the autism spectrum, l with aspergers and 1 more severely affected.  She has terrific insight into how boys and girls on the spectrum are different.  She also goes through the various stages from getting a diagnosis to working with the schools and more.  There are lots of practical tips for working with girls of the spectrum.

Aspergers in Pink by Julie Clark.  Like the above book, this is a great personal story of autism presents itself in her daughter and how she has worked through the various stages of diagnosis, education, etc.  I could really relate to her experiences working with public education.  While it is primarily memoir, she summarizes  what she has learned along the way in succinct bits of wisdom for others at the end of every chapter.

Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed: Growing up with Undiagnosed Autism by Jeannie Davide-Rivera.  An autobiographical account of her life understood in hindsight through the lens of her later in life diagnosis.  It is a great eye opener and much needed testimony on how autism can affect all aspects of a person’s life at all stages of life.

Aspergers and Girls article by Tony Attwood, Temple Gradin, Teresa Bolick, Catherine Faherty, Lisa Iland, Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Ruth Snyder, Sheila Wagner and Mary Wrobel.  Each author is either a person with autism or an expert in the field and has an article on a particular topic.  Some articles are better than others.  The ones on friendship and puberty really felt like they talked down to girls with aspergers and presume complete incompetence and lack of knowledge when most girls with aspergers are very intelligent.

Aspergirls by Rudy Simone.  While there is good information and personal testimonies of women with aspergers in this book, the tone of this book felt odd to me.  She often says that all women with aspergers are different, but the presentation of various traits of aspergers feel like they are being presented as absolutes.  In the brief testimonies you get glimpses of the true diversity of women on the spectrum.

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