Book List: Females with Autism or Asperger Syndrome

January 4, 2016 — Leave a comment

This is pretty self-explanatory. I have compiled a list of books specifically written about or for women with Autism or Asperger’s that I have read and would recommend. It is by no means a comprehensive list.

shoppingWomen and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age. Written by Sarah Hendrickx.
The difference that being female makes to the diagnosis, life and experiences of a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has largely gone unresearched and unreported until recently. In this book Sarah Hendrickx has collected both academic research and personal stories about girls and women on the autism spectrum to present a picture of their feelings, thoughts and experiences at each stage of their lives.

4220133Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage Years.
Written by Shana Nichols.
Growing up isn’t easy, and the trials and tribulations of being a teenager can be particularly confusing for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This book covers all the concerns commonly faced by girls with ASDs and their parents, from periods and puberty to worries over friendships and fitting in.

nakedTwirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed: Growing Up With Undiagnosed Autism. Written by Jeannie Davide-Rivera.
Jeannie grew up with autism, but no one around her knew it. Twirling Naked in the Streets will take you on a journey into the mind of a child on the autism spectrum; a child who grows into an adolescent, an adult, and becomes a wife, mother, student, and writer with autism. This is a gripping memoir of a quirky, weird, but gifted child who grows up never quite finding her niche.

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Safety Skills for Asperger Women.
Written by Liane Holliday Willey, EdD.
Written for females with Asperger’s Syndrome to aid them in negotiating daily struggles and staying safe. It discusses a variety of social situations and issues such as bullying, self-harm, depression, and eating disorders and encourages readers to recognize that they can live happy, full and independent lives.

download (1)The Aspie Girl’s Guide to Being Safe With Men. Written by Debi Brown.
For Aspie girls and women, dating and sexual relationships can be confusing, intimidating and potentially dangerous. Even if actively avoiding romantic relationships or sexual encounters, a lack of understanding about the acceptable social interaction between men and women can leave Aspies vulnerable to negative experiences. It is vital, therefore, that the facts and unwritten rules about sexual conduct and relationships are clearly laid out for girls and women on the spectrum.

contentThe Independent Woman’s Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum. Written by Robyn Steward.
Certain characteristics of autism, such as difficulty understanding social cues, may make women vulnerable to potentially dangerous situations. Robyn Steward has written this supportive guide to help all women on the autistic spectrum live independently, make their own choices in life, and be safe whilst doing so.

517yeSi66CL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Life on the Autism Spectrum – A Guide for Girls and Women.
Written by Karen McKibbon
Why is Autism Spectrum Disorder so misunderstood in girls and women and why do so many go under the radar without the support that they need? This practical guide explains the unique issues that affect females with autism and provides tools and strategies that girls, women and their families can use in day-to-day life.

What books have you read and enjoyed?
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