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  • Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age
  • Written by: Sarah Hendrickx, Judith Gould
  • Narrated by: Lucie McNeil
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Written 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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Well...that explained a lot

I've always felt my whole life that the rest of the world knew some secret about how the world works and I've been upset most of my life that everyone I've asked what the secret is has not told me.
THIS is the secret. WOW. Mind.Blown.

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validating

I saw myself on every page. ideas were well organized and to the point. I had to get used to the narrator pronouncing book as "bewk" but other than that, great read.

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Engrossing.

A brilliant book, demonstrating the experience from inside Autism. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Autism.

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  • 2021-08-09

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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  • Jessica Robertson
  • 2021-09-09

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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  • Kelly Goodman
  • 2022-01-07

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-09-07

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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  • C
  • 2023-02-02

Eye opening

Being just diagnosed with ASD this book has brought me to tears over and over. Being 31 and just finally realizing I’ve had a proper place in the world is breathtaking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2023-01-29

Accurate and important

I cried during this book more than any other I’ve ever read. No one had ever explained my life and experiences this perfectly before. She has put into words what I have never been able to explain to others about how my brain works and what life is like for me.

I highly recommend this for anyone on the spectrum as well as anyone who knows someone on the spectrum. I had my partner read this as well and it has improved so much in our lives and helped us understand and communicate so much better.

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  • Kattee Nelson
  • 2023-01-20

So Helpful

If you’re an AFAB person or trans woman, this is an incredibly helpful guide for learning about autism. I’ll soon be starting the process of testing for autism as a 28 year old woman. I related so much to the experiences and symptoms that explained in the book. It’s a lot to process, but just know, you’re not alone.

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  • Lindsey Monroe
  • 2023-01-05

The brilliance of feeling understood

I came to tears so many times while listening to this book. I plan to listen again, and possibly again. I’m 41 years old, my 13 year old son was just diagnosed with ASD, and I’ve come to the immediate and stark realization that I, too, am on the spectrum. This was very well written and laid out.

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  • Nurse.ashley638
  • 2022-12-31

Amazing insight to my daughter and probably myself

Nice voice for narrative. The chapters are short enough to keep my attention and detailed enough to be interesting. I love the coverage of several topics that span different phases of our lives.

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  • Snowbird
  • 2022-12-29

Self-image redo as a late-diagnosis Autistic woman

Gobbled this up after receiving my "ASD - Level I" diagnosis 6 weeks ago at age 68. Helped me to reframe my perspective on what has been heretofore a life of seemingly never-ending emotional trauma, forever bumping up against or falling short of, as I have, the world of neurotypical expectations and norms. This book has started me on the journey toward seeing the unique gifts that might be lurking behind what I never knew was actually a mask - that some of those parts of me that don't fit neatly into the neurotypical scheme of things and thought might actually be strengths that I should proudly take ownership of and put to work for me rather than hide under the proverbial bushel basket and live in shame of!!!

Thank you for this colossal and life-changing assemblage of perspectives on autism as experienced throughout the female lifecycle!!!

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  • Maya
  • 2023-01-19

Excellent and clear. I loved it

I didn't know what to expect exactly even if I had watched many cobferences of the Author.
This listening went beyond what I could expect. It is a A great collection of testimonials and explanations + comments, all clear, sometimes funny too.
I ll also get the paperback version as I do with all the books I value a lot.
I recently read another book (in French from French people) about the same topic and contains many testimonialsas well. This and the french book are beautiful compléments to have a closer look and understanding of the plurality in Women with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Thank you Sarah Hendricks (and the reader).