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Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Barb Cook and 14 other autistic women describe life from a female autistic perspective, and present empowering, helpful and supportive insights from their personal experience for fellow autistic women. Michelle Garnett's comments validate and expand the experiences described from a clinician's perspective, and provide extensive recommendations.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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May 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book contains lots of very insightful personal accounts from Women who are living with autism and were diagnosed latter in life and the affect it had on them.
What I really had a hard time with was how each account was followed up by a doctors review and their "professional" understanding of each story. It comes off as extremely condescending to have the women's accounts re-explained by assumed neurotypicals, and those in a position of power. It often felt like they were examining the women
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I came to an Autism diagnosis in my early 20s. It's fairly typical for girls and women to go undiagnosed for years and only recently has this begun to be reflected in publishing. I'm happy to see another book on the struggles Autistic girls and women face in life. This collection of essays examines a lot of the issues and struggles we all face and how being Autistic can be both a struggle and a benefit in modern society. ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am very happy that I came across this book. I have a teenage daughter with autism and what I learned in this book will help both of us as we try to figure out how autism works for her.

The book is written in essay form by multiple women, many who found out in their 30s-50s that they had autism. Each take a topic or 2 and discuss how it affects their life, the lives of others and what they have learned through research and education. These women are leaders and advocates for autism either in th
Fern Underground
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
i liked the confessional tone and personal insights but i missed more quantitative data. i know that wasn’t the point, but the personal accounts of the “condition” were sometimes a bit alienating. at the same time, knowing these women are on the spectrum gave me perspective into how idiosyncratic autistic girls can be. it did inspire me to think about my own journey in the terms established by the book. i did at times think wow i’d like to have coffee with this woman even if it is to disagree wi ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
While this book is an excellent resource for females on the spectrum and anyone who cares about them, I was frustrated by major differences in the depth to which each topic was explored. I also found it unsettling to have such a mix of different writing styles, even within the same chapter. I understand the rationale for this decision, but would have preferred the entire book to either take the more academic OR personal memoir tone, not be a complete jumble of both and everything in between.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I knew very little about people on the Autism spectrum before reading this book, and even less about Spectrum women specifically. I learned a lot from this book and it encouraged me to read more on the topic. The writing style varies a lot and some chapters were a bit difficult to follow, but that's how books written by more than one author work, I guess. This book was partly not very readable, but if you're interested in the topic, it shouldn't annoy you too much.
It took me a while to finish i
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Contains a sea of interesting information. Each chapter is written by a different person. The chapter concludes with Barb Cook summarising or expanding on what was said. I really like this format. It allows for a wealth of knowledge in different areas.

There was a very misinformed statement about consensual non-consent at one point.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a gripping insight into being a woman on the spectrum, as well as excellent advice for women on the spectrum. I found some of the chapters more helpful than others, from a personal point of view, but I think it'll be useful to any woman or girl on the spectrum, to understand themself and some direction in the world around them. ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's interesting to read stories from successful autistic women and to have a glimpse into how they navigate their worlds. I wish they had shared a bit more about their struggles and how they overcame them, I felt like they skimmed over a lot of the ugly stuff and concentrated on their current state of success.

I did not appreciate the endings of each chapter, where a person who is not autistic comments on the different topics discussed, not from their perspective as a neurotypical human who has
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars
First off, I want to say that I love the font this book uses. So easy to read.

The second chapter of the book almost brought me to tears with how much I resonated with it. Unfortunately that didn’t happened again for the rest of the book. There were some insightful moments but it felt more like a motivational book than anything else. Some practical advice was given but it was very general rather than a step by step approach
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Mediocre. But it gave me food for thought. Should Aspergers be separate from Autism?
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not written for an Autistic woman. Written for neurotypical people to help them understand neurodiverse / ASD women.
Sep 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The politics. It aggravates me. The authors are Vulnerable narcissists. OVERRATED book. Politics has no room in neuroscience.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thorough and useful, sometimes I felt it dragged but only insofar as I already knew the information and was glad it was there for others.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brenda McGurk
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aspie
The first-hand account on sleep and autism was an eye-opener...
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lots of perspectives and resources/footnotes, plus an expert providing their perspective at the end of each chapter. A valuable read.
Kara Rowley
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Some of the writing styles didn’t sit well with me, but a lot of good insights on what it is like to be an autistic woman. This book has filled a gap in autism literature, by women on the spectrum, for women on the spectrum and their family and friends.
Sébastien Mirault
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spectrum Women (Book & Garnett, ed., 2018) jouit de revues prestigieuses, et justifiées. Sur 20 chapitres thématiques, il passe en revue avec exhaustivité les enjeux cliniques touchant les femmes de spectre – en se focalisant sur des profils très compétents, pour l’essentiel à diagnostic tardif. Sont ainsi traités le sentiment d’appartenance, le sens de l’identité, le lien socialisation/anxiété/addiction, la régulation émotionnelle, etc. Les chapitres associent de façon systématique le traitemen ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a godsend. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this book. I am 19 and received my diagnosis last summer, which (I am very grateful to say) has been a very positive experience for me.
Reading this book made me feel heard, welcome and home.
Besides the huge emotional benefits of this book, it is also highly informative and extremely helpful in discussing topics I had not even considered I might need to consider (such as whether to disclose you diagnosis at work).
I strongly recommend it
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