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Have you ever wondered about a friend, a partner, a mother, sister or daughter? Wondered why she says she feels ‘different’? Out of step with her peers, she may struggle keeping friends and a job, yet she has multiple degrees. Bright from early on, she may have singleminded focus, sprinkles of anxiety, sensory and social issues, be gifted in art, writing, science, research or singing. Maybe Autism or Asperger Syndrome was mentioned but she did not resonate with the male profile or the stereotypical female profile. Maybe she is a woman on the Autism spectrum, with a unique constellation of super-abilities, strengths and challenges?

This book takes a unique approach by combining stunning imagery along with the feelings, thoughts and words of Autistic women (and those that love and support them). This book also explores common strengths and challenges, the stages leading up to a diagnosis, important needs, reasons  for a diagnosis, disclosure and an appendix of helpful tools. You will be inspired by a special group of 24 Autistic women led by Dr Temple Grandin, who showcase their unique strengths and provide helpful advice and tips. Watch for AspienPowers: The Unique constellation of Gifts, Strengths and Abilities of Females on the Autism Spectrum, coming soon.

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    A lot of breadth, but no depth

    I bought this because I suspect ASD in myself and am interested in learning more about it. This book was a compilation of "sound bites" from women with ASD and their loved ones. It showcased the heterogeneity of the condition, but didn't really provide any other insight. Also, I felt ripped off because it is such a short book for being so expensive. It's padded with a bunch of useless stock photos.

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