• Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age
  • By: Sarah Hendrickx, Judith Gould
  • Narrated by: Lucie McNeil
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (186 ratings)

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Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder

By: Sarah Hendrickx,Judith Gould
Narrated by: Lucie McNeil
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Publisher's Summary

A unique look at women and girls with autism spectrum disorder.

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 audiobook 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.

Outlining how autism presents differently and can hide itself in females and what the likely impact will be for them throughout their lifespan, the audiobook looks at how females with ASD experience diagnosis, childhood, education, adolescence, friendships, sexuality, employment, pregnancy and parenting, and aging. It will provide invaluable guidance for the professionals who support these girls and women and it will offer women with autism a guiding light in interpreting and understanding their own life experiences through the experiences of others.

©2021 Sarah Hendrickx (P)2021 Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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Good information

I purchased this book willing to learn about the content. I have almost three years old daughter who expect to have ASD. This book give some knowledge and pictures of how they feel in life and how they can be for their future. It feels like shining light into the dark for one mother who have no experience in this matter.

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validating examples of ASD in women and girls

Affirming and enlightening for women with ASD and the people who love them. I didn't realize I had ASD until adulthood, and I felt so seen by this book.

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Mother of 12 year old undiagnosed with ASD & ADHD

Complete eye opener on every single aspect of my daughter!!! All her struggles & all her gifts. It was very enlightening! I wanted to let it be known that someone who never knew what autism in women truly was, now I feel very well educated from the knowledge throughout these pages.

I am very much appreciative of the book, the perspectives of the group of participants who shared & the audiobook version as I do not have time to read much. I completed this book within a week & I am eager to learn more for my daughter to help encourage & support her along her lifetime journey of self discovery & acceptance. Thank you!!!!!! Thank you! Thank you!

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Life- changing

So helpful to someone who, at 41, was finally shown who I have always been. The narration is gentle and easy to listen to. Have already recommended it to others.

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Great read

I am a 39-year-old woman and found out several months ago that I'm autistic. This book has excellent info. I've done months of researching autism and yet this book had a bunch of stuff I hadn't heard anywhere else. My only critique is I got the audiobook and the narrator verbalized every single resource and page number throughout the whole book. Super annoying and interrupting as I'm trying to listen to the actual narration.

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A bit outdated but still one of the better sources of practical info on autistic experiences that don’t fit the stereotype

Great intro resource for autistics who aren’t young, white, upperclass boys, their support networks, and health professionals who are unfamiliar with presentations of autism that don’t fit the stereotype

Since this topic is undergoing a rapid evolution, I hope the authors will publish an update one of these years!

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Literally brought so much peace and understanding to my life. Such a helpful book. Highly suggest if you have or haven’t been diagnosed

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Very helpful

Lots of good information with científic foundation. As a suggestion: it would be good to have the bibliography in a pdf.

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This is exactly what I wanted to know

My youngest daughter was recently diagnosed with ASD and I couldn’t believe it.. In fact I couldn’t even see it. She is just like myself and her 3 older siblings. I have a family member with severe Autism so I had no idea that there was any other version, though I knew we weren’t like everyone else. The book was like opening the pages of my life, my children’s lives, and the lives of so many in my family. I feel relieved, hopeful, and very grateful to have found this book.

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Connection for Autistic Women

What does son of the terminologies are outdated, the stories of the women still remain very related. It was a big aha moment for me to understand how other women have navigated experience life on the spectrum as I discover my autism.

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  • LanaLeigh
  • 11-11-21

MUST READ for Aspie girls & their loved ones.

I've read a LOT of books on Autism! I am a late diagnosed Autistic woman and Mum to 3 Autistic kids and Autism has become my special interest. I have NEVER read a book that more accurately describes the experience of BEING a girl, teen, young woman and mother on the spectrum than this! My wish would be for everyone in my life to listen to this book so that they could finally "get it"! Actually, I'd like EVERYONE to hear it! Until reading this I didn't think anyone could know how it feels to be an Autistic Mum of 3 Autistic kids. I felt very isolated by this thought. Listening to the experiences of others blew my mind! I know I'm not alone in my experiences and I'm not crazy! Every clinician should be forced to read this book to better understand the needs of their Aspie patients. Loved ones would also benefit greatly. Honestly, I cannot praise it enough! I'm going to recommend this book to absolutely everyone I know, including my psychiatrist who has been an expert in Autism for over 30 years. I genuinely believe that even with all her experience she will learn a lot. If you're an Aspie woman this book will teach you so much even if you think you already have all the information. If you love someone with Autism this book will give you valuable insight. SO glad that I stumbled on this book!

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  • Benedikte Kåss
  • 09-05-21

A beautiful, encouraging book for autistic women!

As a newly diagnosed autistic woman at age 21, this book was recommended to me by my psychologist- it made me feel seen, loved, and less alone, all at once! I would definitely recommend this to any other ASD women out there! Besides, the lady reading it does a great job - i loved the way she says book, lol!

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  • Mrs. C. E. Parry
  • 12-27-21

very reassuring

l am a parent of a girl aged 15 with possible autism about to go and see our GP. this book has helped understand my daughter and know how to get help and support for her.

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  • Lauren S.
  • 01-16-22

Very important book

It was a bit overwhelming at times because it has very real content in it which can be negative but that's what makes it such an important listen as well as the acceptance and speaking up for women and girls. Rewarding read, would recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-21

Very listenable and full of interest

Felt well written and full of explanations of how autism has been experienced by women and girls.
As a counselling working with and around this community I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to other professionals or those wanting to learn more about themselves or those close to them.

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  • Emma Robertson
  • 05-27-22

Insightful

Incredibly insightful for a woman who believes she is on the spectrum and a mother of an aspie girl, so reassuring to hear stories you can relate to.

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  • Darren
  • 09-02-21

Shining a light

Well worth listening to. So many girls and women are suffering in silence and there are options to make life better with just a little understanding and observation.

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  • 12-02-22

excellent

This book has really helped me to better understand my autistic 15 year old as a NT Mum.
Highly recommend to anyone who has a loved one, friend, colleague who is autistic.

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  • sarah
  • 11-28-22

why recite sources on an audio book?

I don't know if I can finish this audiobook because of the constant citing of sources which is totally unnecessary in an audio book e.g. "Simon 2010 page 211". Why do this? This information would only be needed in the actual book and the only people who need this information are academics and students (who would need to look at the book anyway.)

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  • A Customer
  • 09-12-22

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I am 40 years old. I bought because after hearing bits here and there which seemed a little too familiar, I had a hunch that maybe I could be on the spectrum. I have had periods of chronic fatigue and overwhelm in my life which has meant a few occasions of having to 'start again'. I heard about autistic burnout and wondered perhaps that is the problem. Listened to Odd Girl Out which brought me to tears of recognition, listened to The Electricity of Every Living Thing and felt more familiar traits being described. Listened to the Aut Hour podcast and was like 'okay this is too much of a coincidence not to be meaningful'.... so on my epic research journey down the rabbit hole came next to this one. This, similarly, gave me so many gasp moments of 'oh my god that's me'. I find it a mixture of unsettling but also a relief. I don't know if I will pursue a formal diagnosis, I need more time to digest that I'm not "just weird" and that in fact there seem to be women out there who have the same thought processes as I do. Still taking a lot of time to sink in and figure out where I go from here.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-22

Extremely helpful

This book has opened my eyes and given me a new perspective on my daughter and her struggles. Struggles that she has kept quiet and endured on her own for years. I am now finding that I am able to start asking her questions, and she is now starting to open up more with me about the questions I ask her. I am grateful to have found a new way to communicate and support her.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-21-22

loved it. read it everyone!

really enjoyed this, learmt lots, laughed lots and cried lots. Well researched and an enjoyable structure /story line to the chapters.

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  • Nanda
  • 03-28-22

It was like reading a guide book about myself

From infancy to adulthood. Daughters to mothers and grandmothers. As well as those who chose not to procreate. This book dives into every aspect of autistic lives sharing the why (with references) and the stories of other girls and women for a real world perspective. Nothing is sugar coated, it can be an incredibly hard existence. But there is a sense of shared experience and hope for a world who might recognise and accept us. A thoroughly interesting and diverting listen. You might want to have a pen on hand to take notes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-22

Fantastic up-to-date peer reviewed

As a late diagnosed 37yrld F; This book is super informative, accurate, to the point, from a real world expert who gives peer reviewed research and real life info from Actually Autistic women.
Love you S. Hendrickx.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-21

Very helpful

I have been feeling awful about being a bit of a weirdo but this book has already made me feel better. I also love the narrator- she’s very animated, tone is perfect.

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  • JB
  • 11-23-21

A must read for all interested in female ASD!

Great referencing and comprehensive collection of the symptomology of ASD in females! I would highly recommend this read to all in the ASD community.