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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I Am Aspiengirl® Products FAQ

 

We are a large library supplier and we have a library wanting copies of all your books. We would also like to be able to let our other customers know about it. Do you have a price for booksellers?

Yes, we do have wholesale prices and you can order directly from aspiengirl.com. Please email: tania@aspiengirl.com for our wholesale discount code.

How do I contact Tania for an assessment?

Tania is available for in-person or Skype consultations, assessments or problem-solving sessions. To book appointments or discuss and/or book availability for presentations, conferences, publishing and translation inquiries, please email: tania@aspiengirl.com

Tell me about adult diagnosis in females?

Typically, females with Aspergers are picked up for Autism in the teenage years with depression, anxiety or an eating disorder. For adults, no-one knew of Asperger Syndrome back in their childhood. So an early childhood and teenage autobiographical account is a very important important piece of an assessment. In addition, other perspectives from people who know the person very well are important. A comprehensive assessment of an adult can include a variety of assessment tools, depending on the person. Generally, a comprehensive adult diagnostic assessment includes the following:

An autobiographical account from earliest memories until approximately age 25 (usually 4-6 pages)
An interview exploring present day context, day to day functioning
An exploration of the reasons for an assessment
An exploration of family history, including one's own children (if any)
A exploration into the history of mental health, previous medical, psychiatric, psychological and psycho-educational history (previous IQ test and/or educational assessments), previous diagnoses and/or learning disabilities
An exploration of educational history
An exploration of social communication and relationship/friendship history
An exploration of work history
An exploration of school report cards, school/teacher comments
An exploration of childhood photos
An exploration of abilities, gifts, strengths, talents and/or skills (some examples include samples of poetry, art, blog, short stories, books, singing and/or musical ability, acting, comedy routine, degrees and/or thesis/dissertation work, samples of jewellery, clothing or costumes, website, awards and so on)
An exploration of over-excitabilities, sensory sensitivities, self-soothing or stimming behaviors, sensory processing disorder and/or synaethesia
An exploration of 1-3 other perspectives from other persons who know the person really well
Results of specific adult Autism assessment tools and other tools, completed by the person and also dependent on the person being assessed

So, when someone receives a diagnosis, what then?

A positive assessment or diagnosis is just the beginning. A "What Next" section is very important, and may or may not involve the following,  again dependent on the person, their situation and context of their life. Discussions of the following may include:

Self awareness and understanding
Education and highly recommended resources (may include academic books, websites, research, researchers, webinars, etc)
Attitude
Strengths
Challenges
Recommended helpful therapy
The Social Spectrum
Referral to other professionals, professional support groups, etc.

A positive assessment or diagnosis is just the beginning. It is never too late to receive a diagnosis and the benefits outweigh any disadvantages.

A "What Next" section is very important, and may or may not involve the following,  again dependent on the person, their situation and context of their life. Discussions of the following may include:

Self awareness and understanding
Education and highly recommended resources (may include academic books, websites, research, researchers, webinars, etc)
Attitude
Strengths
Challenges
Recommended helpful therapy
The Social Spectrum
Referral to other professionals, professional support groups, etc.

Many adults have lived and died not knowing they had Autism or Asperger syndrome. Some benefits of an adult diagnosis include:

Knowledge and self-understanding
Access to appropriate therapy, medication, support and services
An answer for past experiences and challenges
Permission to ease up on oneself
Possible prevention of other conditions and/or suicide
Learning about how one thinks (see the Autistic Brain, by Dr. Temple Grandin)

Who should I look for to help me? How can I find someone to help me?

Today, there are few professionals in the world trained and experienced to assists females. At this time, the most important factor to look at is "Does the professional have both experience and training in the area of female autism"? Are they aware of the inherent gender bias? What types of assessment tools do they use? What is involved in an assessment? Do they use adult assessment tools? (Yes, I have had two clients now tell me that child assessment tools were used on them).

I have developed a database of professionals who work with females which can be found at and is being updated on a regular basis at: http://taniamarshall.com/female-asc-professionals.html


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