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.
Outlining how autism presents differently and can hide itself in females and what the likely impact will be for them throughout their lifespan, the book 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.
Sarah Hendrickx has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is author of six books on the subject of autism and speaks at conferences worldwide. Sarah runs Hendrickx Associates, an autism and neurodiversity focused training, consultancy and support business. She lives West Sussex, UK, in a very crowded house with her (mostly autistic) family and autistic partner, Keith, and likes to travel to remote places on her bicycle to escape from them whenever she can.
Acknowledgements. Foreword by Judith Gould. Preface. Introduction. 1. Women get Autism Too - Gender Differences in Autism: Research Review. 2. Considering ASD in Females - Getting a Diagnosis. 3. Infancy and Childhood. 4. Childhood Relationships - Friends and Other People. 5. Adolescence. 6. Education - Early Years, School and Beyond. 7. Discovering Autism as an Adult. 8. You Don't Look Autistic - Adult Characteristics and Looking 'Normal'. 9. Adult Relationships - Friends and Other People 10. Sexuality and Gender Identity 11. Personal Relationships. 12. Pregnancy and Parenting. 13. Health and Well-being. 14. Employment. 15. Ageing with Autism. 16. Ideal World - Support, Services and Utopia. References.