Aspiengirl: Not Your Average Superhero

"This wonderful book fulfills a real need to raise awareness about women on the Spectrum."
Dr. Francesca Happe, President, Int Society for Autism Research
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About the Book

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

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 with her clients.

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


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  • I Am AspienGirl
  • Foreword
  • Brief Introduction
  • Current statistics
  • Female Characteristics in picture format
  • Differences between girls and boys?
  • Strengths and Challenges
  • Unique Needs
  • Female profile table
  • Female mentors
  • Strengths-based exercise
  • Future Titles and projects

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


    The term AspienGirl®, as the title of Tania Marshall’s book is very appropriate and reflects what girls on the autism spectrum often say; that they feel they are from a different planet. The rationale for this book is to address awareness of females with Autism or Asperger Syndrome who are often misdiagnosed and receive inappropriate interventions or who are simply not diagnosed. The book also emphasises advocacy for this group with their unique needs and challenges, education about the female profile and the differences between males and females. For professionals working in this fascinating field the comments and statements of the girls and their parents are illuminating, clever and often funny. They highlight the obvious and not so obvious subtle differences in the way autism is manifested in females. This has special significance when considering a diagnosis. The core difficulties in Autism are the same for all individuals within the spectrum but there are gender differences and it is the way these behaviours are manifested and interpreted that is important. Many clinicians/diagnosticians still have a male stereotype of what behaviours constitute autism and dismiss girls and women because they do not fit this rigid, narrow view. It is now time for change and the examples given in this book constitutes a major step forward in re-thinking the diagnosis of females in the spectrum. Tania Marshall’s way of describing the strengths and pitfalls for females on the spectrum using pictures and photographs is much more meaningful than words alone. These visual presentations will give guidance to professionals when explaining the diagnosis as this type of presentation makes more sense to a girl in the spectrum. This book is a must for everyone living and working with girls on the autism spectrum.

    Dr Judith Gould, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Director of the NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism, UK

    Thank you so much for sending me your wonderful book. I think it is great, and fulfils a real need to raise awareness about females on the spectrum. There is an urgent need for more research with women and girls on the autism spectrum. We don't yet know how much current diagnostic criteria and processes disadvantage females and whether those undiagnosed suffer in silence or manage to compensate effectively. Raising awareness of autism spectrum conditions in females is an important first step, which this book achieves while reflecting the great diversity of experiences and opinions in this complex area.

    Dr. Francesca Happe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Director & Head of Department. President, International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), MRC Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, UK

    An imaginative book with a positive message for girls with Autism or Asperger Syndrome.

    Dr. Temple Grandin, Author of the Autistic Brain                                                                   
     

    One of the brightest building blocks contributing to the emergence of a sisterhood of females on the autism spectrum and those who support and love them. I Am AspienGirl® is a true gift to the community.

    Shana Nichols, PhD                            
    Director of the ASPIRE Centre for Learning and Development Melville, NY, USA Leading Author of Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum

    AspienGirl® is an exciting and timely book for girls on the spectrum! It is about time that the field of autism pays attention to the needs of females on the spectrum and what a beautifully composed compilation of the unique female autism experience. For years, the field of autism has been dominated by a focus on how the condition impacts boys. The research, assessments, diagnostic criteria, and treatments were designed with a predominate bias toward the male model of autism. Now it is time for the girls with autism to have a voice. Females on the autism spectrum do not develop or present with symptoms of autism in the same ways as boys; however, the impact on their functioning is just as significant as it is for boys. In her book, Tania Marshall raises the flag for awareness of females with autism spectrum. She gives voice to the experiences of girls on the spectrum and their family members through a combination of exquisite pictures and beautiful quotes from children, families, and professionals who lived work with females on the spectrum. For those impacted by autism and for those who diagnose or treat this condition, this book is a must read and own. It will be an invaluable resource to educate professionals and families on the unique traits and gifts of girls on the spectrum. For parents of girls on the spectrum, congratulations!, you have in front of you an invaluable resource for educating you daughter on some of the more common traits of girls on the spectrum. As each child on the spectrum is different, I recommend sharing this book with your daughter and discussing with her the pages that remind her of herself and the ones that do not. This will help to recognize her unique experience and provide an opportunity to problem solve her areas of concern while highlighting her strengths and unique perspective. Thank you Tania Marshall for giving a voice to females with autism spectrum; their families, the children affected by this condition, and the field of autism spectrum, particularly those who work with females on the spectrum, owes you a debt of gratitude. What an exciting time for you. I think the graphics are outstanding! I'm looking forward to getting your first book. I plan to use it as an Intro to Aspergers tool when I explain the diagnosis to parents. I'm excited to have yours to show parents so they understand the symptoms and condition of females better.

    Jennifer Imig Huffman, PhD                             The ABLE Centre Illinois, USA -                     Parent and Professional

    This book is so beautiful; literally and figuratively. The colours and images are both pleasant and effective. The content brought so many memories of my own daughter’s younger years back to life. It was as if someone stepped back in time and observed her. One thing this book does is emphasise the fact that many girls on the Autism Spectrum are empathetic creatures. So many do not believe “autism” and “empathy” can coexist in one individual. I assure you, they can. Also, each AspienGirl is unique, and Tania does a fantastic job illustrating and underscoring that point. Some girls love to be a princess while others want anything but. Some are social, others are not. This book will challenge you to step away from the boys and view girls on the Autism Spectrum without distraction. They are unique beings who deserve to be understood in their own light. Thank you, Tania, for a practical yet sensitive resource for AspienGirls, their caregivers and professionals who support them.

    Julie Clark                                              
    Author of Asperger’s in Pink

    I love the quotes throughout the book. They show a real life experience and remind the reader of your intense professional experience! Great idea.

    Olley Edwards                                       Director of “the Kindest Label”             Author of “Why Aren’t Normal People Normal?"

    AspienGirl® is an exciting and timely book for girls on the spectrum! It is about time that the field of autism pays attention to the needs of females on the spectrum and what a beautifully composed compilation of the unique female autism experience. For years, the field of autism has been dominated by a focus on how the condition impacts boys. The research, assessments, diagnostic criteria, and treatments were designed with a predominate bias toward the male model of autism. Now it is time for the girls with autism to have a voice. Females on the autism spectrum do not develop or present with symptoms of autism in the same ways as boys; however, the impact on their functioning is just as significant as it is for boys. In her book, Tania Marshall raises the flag for awareness of females with autism spectrum. She gives voice to the experiences of girls on the spectrum and their family members through a combination of exquisite pictures and beautiful quotes from children, families, and professionals who lived work with females on the spectrum. For those impacted by autism and for those who diagnose or treat this condition, this book is a must read and own. It will be an invaluable resource to educate professionals and families on the unique traits and gifts of girls on the spectrum. For parents of girls on the spectrum, congratulations!, you have in front of you an invaluable resource for educating you daughter on some of the more common traits of girls on the spectrum. As each child on the spectrum is different, I recommend sharing this book with your daughter and discussing with her the pages that remind her of herself and the ones that do not. This will help to recognize her unique experience and provide an opportunity to problem solve her areas of concern while highlighting her strengths and unique perspective. Thank you Tania Marshall for giving a voice to females with autism spectrum; their families, the children affected by this condition, and the field of autism spectrum, particularly those who work with females on the spectrum, owes you a debt of gratitude. What an exciting time for you. I think the graphics are outstanding! I'm looking forward to getting your first book. I plan to use it as an Intro to Aspergers tool when I explain the diagnosis to parents. I'm excited to have yours to show parents so they understand the symptoms and condition of females better.

    Where was this book when I was a child?!  I related so very closely practically page-for-page. I even got a tear in my eye when I thought of the very lucky girls who will grow up being understood and appreciated. Priceless. This is a much-needed book and you hit the nail on the head. It's a book that makes you think. And it's a book written by a Professional extolling the positives and the gifts. Rare indeed! What a gem you've got on your hands!

    Renee Salas                                             Author of "Black and White: A colourful look at life on the Autism Spectrum"

    I love the strength approach you've taken, as it's really tough on my clients (high shame) to even consider the possibility that they might have Aspergers -- "I can't stand to have another thing wrong with me!"

    Myron Walters                                           Marriage and Family Therapist, USA

    I just looked through your wonderful book. It is excellent! I think it adds a lot of value to the available information on girls and autism. I think that parents of girl Apsies and Auties will find it very helpful (and probably girl Aspies and Auties themselves will too!)

    Jeanette Purkis                                             Author of Finding A Different Kind of Normal


    Tania Marshall has created a groundbreaking 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, UK


    This was me...at 10, at 16, at 25 and me now, at age 46 when I'm not focused on handling the hard parts...it's always challenging and always difficult when the stressful times of my life make me feel like I am out of control...but I have an amazing husband, a special family and great friends who are there to support me...and the coolest thing is that I am also raising 2 Aspie sons...what I learned about myself by raising them...priceless...thank you Tania Marshall...for this book...for your support...for your ideas...for all you are doing to make people aware!!!

    L.F.


    The book ‘I Am Aspien Girl’ by Tania A. Marshall is a non-fictional novel about people’s lives with the disorder of high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

    The format text of this informative book is an easy to read format that many different ages can read and it includes entertaining pictures which gives it a more child friendly look to the book but means that adults would still enjoy reading it and be interested in it. This book is filled with fascinating facts about disabilities such as high functioning autism and how the parents, the children, the psychologists and the teachers coped with it and it showed quotes from the people themselves to put you in their shoes.

    A quote that stood out for me is “She has a ‘strong will’ and ‘limitless determination’ to achieve what she sets her mind on, and occasionally her will is to her detriment.” This relates to me because I am a very determined person with a strong will which means sometimes I will get stuck doing a task and won’t move on which can mean I miss out on things.

    It would help people who already have these disabilities to read the book as it would help them to see how other people handle being on the spectrum and coped with it and they could also read the book if they are unsure if they are on the spectrum to see how they compare to people in the book. It would be good for parents to read this book so they can see how other parents have coped with their children who are on the spectrum and the experiences they have had. It is comforting for both parents and children to hear that other children and parents around the world go through the same thing so they are not alone in the world.

    People like the teachers or psychologists who work with children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome would find this an informative and educational book to see more into the mind and life of people with these disabilities. It would educate them and give them tips taken from what other teachers and psychologists who work with these children and use this information to improve how they work.

    Overall, I thought this book was a well-designed, informative book for all ages. It reminded me of how my Autism works in my mind and showed similarities between these people and me. It made me feel rather positive about my Autism, because it showed me that my Autism is part of me and without it I would not be me anymore.

    Megan, UK - aged 15

    I asked my local library to buy this book. Their autism section was lacking and especially for girls on the Spectrum. They bought it and my Aspie 13 year old read it. Then I took it into her girls only senior school and promoted it. Her SENCO ordered a copy. I have also sung it's praises on various ASD sites on Facebook and to my friends in general. It's a wonderful, easy to read visually appealing book especially for those who are just learning what being an AspienGirl really means. My daughter, although aware of her diagnosis, found it very emotional to read and cried (with relief!) because she could see that she wasn't the only girl in the world with Aspergers! "This book was written about me, mum".

    Liverpool, UK

    I would like to thank you so much for your work in this area of female Aspergers...it was very emotional and affirming at the same time to read your comprehensive list of characteristics for adults adults (all the pieces fell into place, it was like coming home, and I am so very grateful), it explained so so many things from my past, (shy, sensitive, knowing from a very early age I was somehow different, I am a true empath, and I share my Aspie son's motor planning issues) and whilst I might not meet the full diagnostic criteria for a diagnosis, I definitely share many characteristics, and am very proud to do so). I always refer others to your writings and thank you again for your work.

    Name withheld for confidentiality

    Tania, I love your book. I love your work. You are surprising and deep and incredibly insightful as well as compassionate, awe-inspiring! Is it time for Aspienboy book? Thank you.

    Name withheld for confidentiality

    Hi Tania..hope you are well! I have some news..My daughter who is 13..has finally been diagnosed with ASD/Aspergers..Thanks to YOU! I photocopied your screener and wrote my bit next to each one relating to my daughter...I also gave them your book with the pages my daughter had written down that she identified with. Also with her cognitive assessment..she was diagnosed. I haven't told her yet..do not know how! but I just wanted to say thank-you so much!

    Name withheld for confidentiality

    Hello! I saw something you wrote about recognizing signs in girls with Aspergers, and I just wanted to let you know I think it was spot on! It was so well written and easy to share with friends and family members that just do not quite understand my little girl. I hope you continue your awesome work!

    K.K.

    Hi Tania, I love your work. Thank you for all you do. Your empowerment of women with Asperger Syndrome has been life-changing for me. I feel proud and understood now, as a 47 year old woman with Aspergers. As a result, I have started a blog this week (I set it up 2 years ago but haven't had the nerve to write in it til now!). It's really about sharing the internal experience of my mind. I want to give people a glimpse into the incredibly detailed thinking I experience every moment of every day...relentlessly! I have written it under a pen name... And the truth is VERY different to my (exhausting, unbearable) professional mask by which I earn my daily bread! So, I wanted to say thank you to you, for getting me going. You are amazing!

    Name withheld for confidentiality

    I've read and re-read your book and blogs, along with my therapist, the list of traits re: Aspien women. It clear to both of us, after many years of being misdiagnosed, mid-medicated (and medicated with drugs and alcohol), that I probably have Asperger's. Thanks so much for the work you do! After 35 years, I feel hope with a better understanding of myself and more of an understanding about how to cope with my anxiety, depression, and everything else and comes with the territory.

    B.F.

    The amount of calm that has come into my life since I have read your books and realized that I don't just tick some of the boxes, i tick all of the boxes, and went to my psychologist and told her. She rad your work and agreed. I have now become much more tolerant of others, and coming to accept my preferences, and how I need so much time to myself. I no longer feel I need to apologize for spending so much time on my own. I cried through the pages of your book because I could related so much and thank you so much for writing it and your woke.

    A.G.

    What an awesome book series. AspienGirl changed my 9 year old daughters life. Thank-you.

    Jane G.

    Hello, I needed to write and say thank you, thank you! I came to my 6 year old daughter's IEP meeting today with copies of the 'What to Look for in School' pages from my new Aspien Girl book. I passed them out to the "team" (I use that term loosely) to help paint a truer picture of my daughter's characteristics. The very things the homeschool charter was trying to use as proof that everything seems fine with her were spelled out so clearly as things that are actually characteristics of a girl on the spectrum. I was so proud to be able to share what I've learned from you about how differently females present than their male peers. I know firsthand, not only do I have a daughter with HFA but also a son. Even though it may be a lost cause for the school to provide the necessary supports for my girl, I hope that I've helped educate them on what to look for in the next girl. You are doing phenomenal work and our family is so appreciative!

    Name withheld for confidentiality

    Thank you for all you do and this is helping the community so much. Thank-you for sharing your work and helping so many of us females find out what's going on for us. Your work helped me get my diagnosis and it has helped me to be more able to list what is going on with my daughter; things I did not know were Autistic related. Your articles and books are a must read for females on the Spectrum, females who think they may be on the Spectrum and the general population. I think family members also greatly benefit and I hope many professionals in the field of Autism and mental health fields read it. I'm so grateful for your advocacy for Aspiengirls and Women. I haven't been able to find information that really describes female Autism and I know far too many females who have been or are being misdiagnosed due to the male criteria being used! Your work serve as useful tools that the medical and support professionals can utilise. I am sharing this with as many professionals as I can.

    M.K.

    Hi Tania, I just read the sample chapter of I Am AspienWoman! Omg, it's me on every single page! I want to send it to my mum and both of my daughters. Thank-you so much!

    Name withheld for confidentiality

    A fresh and important contribution to understanding Asperger Syndrome in Girls. This book works on many levels. Feedback from the professionals, parents and young autistic women I work with has been all positive. Although it does stand alone as a source of information, I think the book is particularly helpful as a catalyst for discussion and further work in either the home, education or clinic setting. I am looking forward to the sequel.

    Richard Mills,
    Research Director,
    Research Autism, London. University of Bath, UK
    Autism In Pink Project

    I'm a psychologist who works with kids, teens, and families on the spectrum, and I am always searching for resources which will share the idea that socializing differently does not mean socializing "wrongly." Tania Marshall has compiled a beautiful and fun collection of thoughts, messages, inspirations, and challenges that allow everyone to think differently about what the Aspie World can mean. I offer this book for sale in our bookstores and encourage you to share and enjoy an alternative and positively inspiring way of viewing Aspie Nation! Thank you Tania.

    Dr. Frank Gaskill
    School Psychologist, Asperger Syndrome Expert
    Southeast Psychology
    The Dr. G Aspie Show
    Author of Max gamer

    Us Mums in Autism and gifted children's sites think you're a 'rock star', giving our girls a voice and us mums much needed resources,  so thank you so much

    We loved AspienGirl, made my daughter cry with relief and happiness as she saw how other girls were like her. Thank you for your work.

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    I have already bought a kindle copy which my daughter loves! She has identified with so many of the girls and has informed us that she is 'half aspien' bless her! Can't thank you enough! Your book has been an amazing support to our family.

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