• 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 (102 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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My life makes sense.

Beautifully written, beautifully read. I took an online quiz after some suspicions, and this book confirmed it for me. I finally TRULY feel seen and understood through these words. Highly recommend for all humans!

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My new tribe

Hearing the experiences of other women who have ASD is invaluable and life-confirming. I have found my people. It was as if someone followed me my entire life taking notes. I will be listening to this book again and again.

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Wonderful tool for recognizing your ASD traits

I haven’t even come close to finishing this audible book yet, but what I’ve listened to so far has been so packed with info! I’m 49 and, after about a year of research and doubts, came to the conclusion that I am, in fact, on the spectrum. I started with chapter 7, entitled, “Discovering Autism as an Adult”, and it was like listening to my life story. It provided a wealth of understanding about how having undiagnosed ASD has affected me and shaped my experiences in life. I feel validated and vindicated for the characteristics of my personality that I’ve repeatedly been judged or shamed for. I’m looking forward to listening to the earlier chapters to see what I can learn about any childhood ASD characteristics I identify with.

So if you’re wondering if you, or another woman/girl in your life may be on the spectrum, I would highly recommend this book!

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Excellent.

I’m a 39 year old male. I’ve suspected I’ve had ASD for about 5 years. I don’t feel like I need a formal diagnosis and have just come to terms it’s it and find it fascinating. I’ve talked to multiple people in my wife’s family about it because I’ve suspected they’ve got a bit of it in their family (we get along very well :). They all responded the same way: No, I don’t think so. I’m very good at camouflaging. 5 years later and they’ve all forgotten about our discussions and they’re all telling me they think they might be on the spectrum. They’re all women and listened to this book and recommended it to me. I’m very happy I listened to it because I’ve got a daughter who is turning ten next month and I’m starting to wonder. Id like to be there for her if she is dealing with this and I found this book very helpful in that respect. Well written.
Only gripe I have is on the narrator’s pronunciation of book. It’s not just a British pronunciation. It’s just a weird one. :)

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Interesting

This book was full of information although conveyed a bit stiffly. Overall though I found this book helpful and would recommend it. There’s a lot of citations which is a bit distracting.

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Great information, but a distracting performance

I enjoyed the content of the book, but reading the citations aloud during the story is distracting. It would have been better to introduce each quote instead of just reading a quote and citing its source. This makes the reading of the book sound choppy and disjointed. The content however is right on the money!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • dinks
  • 06-20-22

Very insightful

As a mum of a daughter who is going through the assessment stage of ASD I found listening to this very insightful. Her ticks (coping mechanisms) & outbursts or interesting way of looking at things, it was lovely to hear women of different ages talking about things I recognised in my own daughter & having an explanation of why it was happening.
My download of this wasn't a great recording , broken speech in places.

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  • J M Brown
  • 06-03-22

Really helpful and insightful.

Recently diagnosed at 59 almost 60.

I no longer feel like a freak!
Thankyou!

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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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  • Jemma Brown
  • 05-21-22

Factual and insightful

The level of detail and research that has obviously gone into this work is incredible but what strikes me the most is that it is all backed up by lived experience of autism… it does not just focus on autistic girls but women too.

It’s a must real for anyone interested in traits specific to those who identify as female.

So validating.

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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.