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Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome by Rudy Simone

Foreword 9 Introduction 13 1 Imagination, Self-taught Reading and Savant Skills, and Unusual Interests 19 2 Why Smart Girls Sometimes Hate School 27 3 Sensory Overload 35 4 Stimming, and What We Do When We're Happy 45 5 On Blame and Internalizing Guilt 53 6 Gender Roles and Identity 61 7 Puberty and Mutism 67 8 Attraction, Dating, Sex, and Relationships 79 9 Friendships and Socializing 95 10 Higher Learning 107 11 Employment and Career 117 12 Marriage and Cohabitation 127 13 Having Children 137 14 Ritual and Routine, Logical and Literal Thinking, Bluntness, Empathy, and Being Misunderstood 147 15 Diagnosis, Misdiagnosis and Medication 159 16 Depression Meltdowns, PTSD, and More about Meds 167 17 Temper Meltdowns 181 18 Burning Bridges 191 19 Stomach Issues and Autism 199 20 Getting Older on the Spectrum 205 21 On Whether Asperger Syndrome is a Disability or a Gift, and Advice from Aspergirls to Aspergirls 211 Additional Tools for Parents 22 Give Your Aspergirl Some BALLS: Belief, Acceptance, Love, Like, and Support 219 23 Thoughts and Advice from Parents of Aspergirls 225 Appendix List of Female Asperger Syndrome Traits 230 Summary of Some Main Female/Male Differences 233 References and Resources 235

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