Aspiengirl: Not Your Average Superhero

"An imaginative book with a positive message for girls with Autism or Asperger Syndrome."
Dr. Temple Grandin, Author, The Autistic Brain
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About the Book


I Am AspienWoman was released August 22nd, 2015 and became a #1 best-seller in both the Autism and Disabilities categories on August 29th, 2015.

What traits and gifts make this group of women so unique and often misunderstood? I Am AspienWoman helps those with or those working with adult females with Asperger Syndrome or Autism by using a strengths-based approach to introduce the unique adult female profile of characteristics, traits and gifts.

Tania Marshall, M.Sc. is releasing this book to fill a massive gap in the market. Working daily in private practice there just wasn’t an appropriate female resource to share. Clients were requesting for resources specifically written for them.

If you are looking for a book on the adult female Autism Spectrum traits, then this is the perfect book for you.


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  • Introduction
  • Foreword
  • Who am I?
  • Cognitive Style/Personality Type
  • Subtypes
  • Social
  • Education/Work
  • Sensory Sensitivities
  • Emotional
  • Communication/Language
  • Common Interests
  • Gender, Family and Relationships
  • Strengths
  • Challenges
  • Stages Leading up to an Adult Diagnosis
  • Important AspienWoman Needs
  • Real-life AspienWoman Superhero Mentors
  • Commonly observed characteristics, traits and strengths of adult females
  • Ideas for using I Am AspienWoman
  • My Unique Strengths List
  • 20 Reasons to Obtain an Adult Formal Diagnosis

Who are these books for?

This book is ideal for the general population, the Autism community, individuals with Autism and their family members, education staff and professionals in understanding or working the females with Autism or Asperger Syndrome.

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    Customer Testimonials

    I Am AspienGirl was a rich and unique contribution to this literature, and I am thrilled to say that I Am AspienWoman ® is equally creative and inspiring. Thankfully there are these special books, that act as a guide and an incredibly accessible resource. As with her prior book, Tania’s latest offering has not surprisingly leaped onto my recommended reading list.”

    Shana Nichols, PhD Owner, Director, Researcher ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development Author of ‘Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage Years’

    In this sequel, to her first book Aspiengirl, Tania Marshall examines the topic of autism in women, utilising the personal perspectives of women themselves. As with its forerunner the essence of this book is its attractiveness, readability and clarity. It will have a wide appeal - from those women who are or suspect they may be on the autism spectrum, families and professionals in many fields such as employment, education, health and social support.

    Richard Mills Research Director, Research Autism, London Hon. Research Fellow, Dept. Psychology, the University of Bath, UK

    Once again, Tania has provided a visual conversation starter to demonstrate the wide and varied adult presentation of female autism. Featuring individual profiles of successful autistic women along with quotes from individuals and family members, this book will help to further increase the understanding that women with autism are out there - even if they are hard to spot.

    Sarah Hendrickx, Author, UK Author of Women and Girls with ASD, Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age

    There is definitely a need for more information for individuals who get diagnosed later in life. Diagnosis as an adult can provide tremendous insight into why relationships were so difficult. When I was in college, I remember many older quirky adults who seeked me out and helped me. Today many of these people would be diagnosed with either autism or Asperger's syndrome. One woman was the associate dean's wife and she gave me many hours of emotional support during difficult social times in college.

    Temple Grandin - Author, USA The Autistic Brain and Thinking in Pictures

    First of all, I am struck by the heart of the book. It is the same feeling I had reading I Am AspienGirl. Back then I thought, 'what a truly lovely book. It captures the authors heart for Aspie girls and in reading it they can see a reflection of how not only Tania sees them, but how they can see themselves. I loved reading Tania's Marshall's second book. When reading I Am AspienWoman, the reader gets wave after wave of deep understanding about women with Asperger Syndrome, filled with affirmation, positive reinforcement and difficult facts softened with empathy. This book is unique and sensitive and full of wisdom. For those on the spectrum it will be like a breath of fresh air to be understood and lifted up. For those just wanting to learn more, it is an exciting journey full of revelation and hope. I Am AspienWoman is not a book to read once. It is a book to be absorbed over time.

    Kathy Hoopmann, Author, All Cats have Asperger Syndrome, All Dogs have ADHD The Essential Manual for Asperger Syndrome (ASD) in the Classroom

    AspienWoman is the latest book from Tania A Marshall, and a vital addition to the growing knowledge-base about females and autism. The ‘first-hand’ accounts throughout the book support the outcomes of our research; a personalised approach is essential. The comprehensive ‘real-life’ examples support a rapid increase in understanding and allow for a truly unique viewpoint; highlighting strengths and personal characteristics of the women who have contributed, skillfully linked and collated by Tania, drawing on a wealth of personal experience and expertise.Anyone reading I Am AspienWomen will understand immeasurable more after reading it, as I have. I am always learning, from our young people and their families; Tania’s contribution to this knowledge will have considerable impact, as I am certain that AspienWoman will for many, many others around the world. Essential reading, if you are directly involved in working with young people, their families or women with autism, or if you just want to understand more about some of the amazingly talented individuals who have contributed to this amazing work.

    Gareth D Morewood UK Special Educational Needs Coordinator Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester Associate Editor, Good Autism Practice Journal www.gdmorewood.com

    Tania, your book is a reflection of the bright and beautiful possibilities that await women on the autism spectrum. Many had said, “She will grow out of it,” but rather, your book shows that “We grow into it,” emerging from confusion and misunderstanding into a new appreciation of our unique and powerful profile. I am Aspien Woman is a celebration in word and picture, affirming our rightful place in the society in which we live!

    Rachael Lee Harris Psychotherapist specializing in Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum. Author of My Autistic Awakening: Unlocking the Potential for a Life Well Live

    There is definitely a need for more information for individuals who get diagnosed later in life. Diagnosis as an adult can provide tremendous insight into why relationships were so difficult. When I was in college, I remember many older quirky adults who seeked me out and helped me. Today many of these people would be diagnosed with either autism or Asperger's syndrome. One woman was the associate dean's wife and she gave me many hours of emotional support during difficult social times in college.

    Temple Grandin - Author, USA The Autistic Brain and Thinking in Pictures

    The layout of I Am AspienWoman is quite impressive. The photos are vivid. The self descriptive disclosures regarding living with Aspergers by individuals and family members provide a venue for other woman on the spectrum to identify with. The photos and self disclosures are uniquely reinforced with factual information regarding the bio/psycho/social characteristics of those on the spectrum by the author in a format that the laymen can understand. I Am AspienWoman takes Aspergers and living on the spectrum out of the clinical context and provides a human and real window into the meaning of living with Aspergers. The unique combination of presenting bios of “real people”, challenges, and the strengths of individuals with Aspergers will provide a venue for not only appreciation of strengths but challenges that effect individuals on the spectrum as well. I Am AspienWoman cracks the heuristics of society at large and any misnomers regarding Aspergers. Thanks Tania for writing a much needed and “human” book that many on the spectrum will seek out for positive role models and will cause society at large to change their perception about individuals on the spectrum who they live, love, work and play with on a daily basis.

    Mari Nosal M.Ed. Author Ten Commandments Of Interacting With Kids On The Autism Spectrum And Related Commandments

    When I first read I am AspienGirl last year, I knew immediately that we would be treated to sequels. I am AspienWoman takes up where AspienGirl leaves off, taking the concept through a beautiful age progression. AspienWoman does not glamorize Asperger’s but rather gives a balanced, factual picture of the strengths and challenges that characterize this population. The short vignettes tell the stories of the lives of real people, told from both the perspective of AspienWomen themselves, and from those who surround them in life. Tania Marshall outlines common traits and needs of the AspienWoman, with which many women will identify. This book is alive with pictures and stories of beautiful, successful AspienWomen. The focus is on the strength of those spotlighted, and includes personal tips for success from these role models to the reader. Reading the stories of this group of featured role models, it is clear that “different” does not mean “less”. Ms. Marshall also includes a section of ideas on how a professional might use I am AspienWoman to enhance the lives of women with Asperger’s. I am AspienWoman throws a life line to young ladies dealing with a feeling of isolation or frustration due to Asperger’s Syndrome. Ms. Marshall offers a sense of community to this population, along with proof that success and happiness can be a reality for the AspienWoman.

    Linda Barboa, PhD Author of: Stars in Her Eyes: Navigating the Eyes of Childhood Autism Tic Toc Autism Clock Steps to Forming A Disability Ministry And the Albert is My Friend series teaching children about autism.

    Tania Marshall has created a ground-breaking book. Most often we hear the voice of the parent or professional, at last we hear the voice of women with Aspergers. Aspienwomen can be totally inspiring! Thoroughly recommend.

    Carrie Grant - Vocal coach, judge and TV presenter Judge, BBC 1’s Fame Academy and BAFTA Award winning “Glee Club.” Presenter, The One Show Author, bestselling book “You Can Sing” Mother to two daughters on the spectrum United Kingdom

    First of all, I'd like to say I love your book "I Am AspienGirl"! It helps me understand my recent diagnosis and relate to many others who felt similar to me as a young girl. I have bought copies for family members, friends and my doctor! The organized, clear, and concise tables in the back are SO helpful! I pre-ordered one for myself and extra copies for my family and am SUPER excited for "I Am Aspienwoman", I just saw the sneak peak sample pages and wow! It's stunning and looks better than the first one! Thank you for all you do.

    It is about time that woman with ASD give their voice to the world. They need to be heard to let all the community know better about themselves, their struggles, their challenges, their needs, their strengths, and their gifts and how they live their lives most times without appropriate help or understanding. Tania Marshall provides unique and comprehensive compilations of the many heterogeneous experiences of being a woman on the spectrum. This is a valuable resource for families, professionals and woman with ASD, inviting us to write another chapter in the female autism story, a chapter not only about them, but a whole new chapter, with them. Congratulations on your second book! It's a huge step for female Autism.

    Cynthia D'Agostino,
    Clinical Psychologist, 
    Mujeres TEA, Argentina

    So pleased to see female autism being highlighted and discussed. Our daughter grew up with diagnosed Aspergers and she and us, as parents, have been to hell and back with educational, medical, psychological ( even psychologists working in the area). We are still fighting for suitable educational accommodations. I have fought every day for years to get a correct diagnosis of ASD for my now adult daughter. We follow your work and feel great comfort from your excellent and accurate screening tools, blogs, articles and professional strengths based attitude. With Gratitude ~ Name withheld for confidentiality

    This book is a life-changing and vital addition to the small knowledge base in existence. What makes this book unique is the format, the language, and the experiences, feelings and thoughts by Autistic women themselves. Much of the literature in existence is academic in nature and somewhat challenging to read and understand for the general person, in addition to the time it takes to read such literature. This book is an easy read for the general population, those who are limited by time, who are visual thinkers, who prefer this type of format or style. This book is written in a unique combination of highly visual images including verbatim quotes from a large group of Autistic women. Notable sections include: Subtypes, 24 Mentors including Dr. Temple Grandin and stages leading up to a diagnosis. This is essential reading for professionals, family members and loved ones, Autistic individuals and those self-diagnosing, in addition to the general population. If you just want to understand more about some of the talented individuals who have contributed to this amazing work, this is the book for you. AspienWoman is a vital addition to the literature with the ‘first-hand’ accounts supporting research outcomes; that a personalised approach for each woman is essential.

    I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview and I was diagnosed rather recently. Thank God for these books I honestly do not know where I would be without this information. That was me many years ago in the puzzle section straight-jacketed. Ugh, now I'm on a assisted living situation and working part-time. I love the sub-types section because I am the fashion diva and I only got diagnosed because I saved my money and saw someone highly trained and experienced in this area. I love this book.

    I've just finished reading I Am AspienWoman by Tania Marshall. "Reading" is not quite the right word. This book is not your typical tome with a lot of tiny text, the kind that I have stacks and stacks of on my bookshelves that I have bought over the years trying to figure out what was "wrong" with me. Books on depression, books on shame, books on how to find love, books on being introverted, books on how to make friends, books on your "dark side"... This book is very visual and filled with images and pictures that illustrate snippets of the words of actual women who express experiences that seem very familiar to me. Here is the very first self reflection in the book: "As early as I can remember, I have felt different, from another planet, time or era. I can remember feeling different, and somehow separate, from very early on..." That one simple line totally sums up how I have felt about myself from adolescence. That one simple line feels like home to me, like there is another human being in this world that gets it. It's the line I've been looking for in my hundreds of self help books and scholarly treatises with words I've never heard before. It brings tears to my eyes. But that's just the first page. There are many, many pages in this book with statements I could have written. I discovered only recently, in my 50's, that I am a woman with Asperger's. It was suggested to me by a doctor years ago that I might be autistic. I spent a lot of time reading about autism and taking online "tests". I related to NONE of it. I didn't realize that autism in women looks and feels very different from the common male stereotype. I discovered it almost by accident, when I stumbled across the author's blog that had a list of common attributes of women on the spectrum. This list is included in Appendix 1 of the book. None of the individual characteristics by itself is all that interesting or unique. Everyone has them to some degree. For me it was a whole constellation of the traits that spoke to me. When I read the list I just knew. I received a formal diagnosis a few years ago. It explains EVERYTHING. Everything from why I have face blindness to why I need solitude to why I can't stand small talk to why I don't like being touched to why I have to own two cats at all times. It explains why I have been lonely and it explains the quirky things I love about myself. I find this book to be comforting, validating, and humming with an electric spark of potential yet to be discovered. If you are a woman on the spectrum, or think you might be, check out this book. If you know a woman on the spectrum and want to understand her better, check it out.

    Dr. Kat

    I just finished reading I Am Aspien Woman (had to take a break to sleep). I loved it!!! I found aspects of myself all through the book, the good and the "I'm afraid to look there". All beautifully and lovingly presented.
    This morning I feel that I'm real.
    Thank you Tania

    I am lucky enough to have had a sneak preview to this book. I was dx aged 34, three years ago. Tania 'gets it'. I loved being able to relate to the subtypes, I loved reading other women stories, I loved the beautiful layout of the book, the art, photos, poetry, quotes. It is magnificent to find your tribe and finally relate. I cannot recommend this book enough.

    In this sequel, to her first book I Am Aspiengirl, Tania Marshall examines the topic of autism in women, from the the personal perspectives of women themselves, who offer their experiences, opinions, thoughts and feelings. This book discusses the "lost generation", those who would have never received a diagnosis because Autism or Asperger Syndrome was not known at that time. This book covers the awesome, the good, the bad and yes, the ugly! It is not all unicorns and fairies! The Mentor section will provide hope and encouragement to many. Brilliant book and I highly recommend!

    The author provides a comprehensive compilation of the many heterogeneous and unique experiences of being a woman on the spectrum. A fantastic strengths-based book for the general population, those who may be self-diagnosing, those who have been formally diagnosed, family members and loved ones and professionals. Thank-you again for a gorgeous book and wow! to the mentors. They provide hope for many!  

    I Am AspienGirl was a rich and unique contribution to this literature, and I am thrilled to say that I Am AspienWoman ® is equally creative and inspiring. Thankfully there are these special books, that act as a guide and an incredibly accessible resource. As with her prior book, Tania’s latest offering has not surprisingly leaped onto my recommended reading list.”

    Shana Nichols, PhD Owner, Director, Researcher ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development Author of ‘Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage Years’

    I Am AspienGirl was a rich and unique contribution to this literature, and I am thrilled to say that I Am AspienWoman ® is equally creative and inspiring. Thankfully there are these special books, that act as a guide and an incredibly accessible resource. As with her prior book, Tania’s latest offering has not surprisingly leaped onto my recommended reading list.”

    Shana Nichols, PhD Owner, Director, Researcher ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development Author of ‘Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage Years’

    So pleased to see female autism being highlighted and discussed. Our daughter grew up with diagnosed Aspergers and she and us, as parents, have been to hell and back with educational, medical, psychological ( even psychologists working in the area). We are still fighting for suitable educational accommodations. I have fought every day for years to get a correct diagnosis of ASD for my now adult daughter. We follow your work and feel great comfort from your excellent and accurate screening tools, blogs, articles and professional strengths based attitude. With Gratitude ~ Name withheld for confidentiality

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