I am an Aspie Girl A Book for Young Girls with Autism Spectrum Conditions by Danuta Bulhak-Paterson, Tony Attwood


I am an Aspie Girl A Book for Young Girls with Autism Spectrum Conditions by Danuta Bulhak-Paterson, Tony Attwood

Lizzie is an Aspie Girl - she has Asperger's Syndrome, which means that her brain works differently to her friends, and even to boys with Asperger Syndrome. In this book, Lizzie explains what it's like to be an Aspie Girl, including how she has a special talent for blending in with her friends, how she gets really tired after being at school all day, how she worries about making mistakes, and how she finds it hard to understand how she is feeling. By simply, clearly and positively explaining the social differences associated with Asperger's Syndrome, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, in young girls, this book will help Aspie Girls aged 5 years and over to understand their diagnosis, recognise their unique strengths and celebrate their differences, and find ways of coping with difficulties. This positive and celebratory book also contains helpful discussion points for parents and professionals to explore further with the girls in their care.


Sometimes the best books are the shortest books. This book does not have many pages but the text is succinct and clearly and accurately describes the characteristics and experiences of girls who have an Autism Spectrum Condition. Each illustration is worth a thousand words and will be perceived as engaging and enjoyable for young children, adolescents and adults. I recommend this short and insightful book to parents, teachers and colleagues as an easy-to-read explanation of ASC in girls, and to the girls themselves to explain their everyday thoughts, emotions and experiences to those who need to know. -- from the foreword by Tony Attwood, Minds and Hearts Clinic, Brisbane This sensitive and warm book, complete with insightful text and lovely drawings will surely encourage the peers of kids with Asperger Syndrome (AS) to better understand, empathize with, and accept their Aspie pals. The afterword by Dr Tony Attwood will additionally help the adult readers of the book come to an even deeper awareness that can then lead the way for more meaningful discussion of ASD. -- Liane Holliday Willey, Author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome This will be an excellent book for use with Aspie girls, and such books are thin on the ground. There are many more for boys, so this is most welcome. The pictures are lovely too - lots of brightness and colour, and the questions at the end of each short section will prove invaluable for discussion...the pages at the end of the book are very good value for parents using it with their daughter. Altogether, an excellent production. HealthyBooks

About the Author

Danuta Bulhak-Paterson is a Clinical Psychologist and Director at Unique U Psychology Clinic, a specialist clinic for girls and women with autism spectrum conditions in Melbourne, Australia. She has over fifteen years' experience of working with people of all ages with autism spectrum conditions. She previously worked with Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett at Minds and Hearts Clinic in Brisbane, Australia.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

21st April 2015



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