New book, tentatively titled: Assessment of Autism Spectrum and Asperger’s in Females: Comprehensive diagnostics and treatment planning for girls and women with autism spectrum conditions across the lifespan

Many of you know that I’ve been working very hard on my first book, I Am Aspiengirl: The unique characteristics and traits of girls and teens on the Autism Spectrum, due out February, 2014 and available for pre-order now at http://www.aspiengirl.com

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My second book,  I Am Aspienwoman: The unique characteristics and traits of teens and adult females on the Autism Spectrum, is currently being written and due out in 2014.

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I am now very excited to announce my third book, due out also in 2014. I’m very pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Imig Huffman and I are co-authoring a book on females on the Autism spectrum, tentatively titled: “Assessment of Autism Spectrum and Asperger’s in Females: Comprehensive diagnostics and treatment planning for girls and women with autism spectrum conditions across the lifespan”. 

Dr. Jennifer Imig Huffman is an Illinois Licensed Psychologist and a formally trained board-eligible Neuropsychologist specializing in developmental conditions across the lifespan. She is the Founder of The ABLE Center: Neuropsychology Center for Attention, Behavior, & Learning, where she works with many females with Autism or Asperger Syndrome. Dr. Jennifer can be found at https://www.facebook.com/TheABLECenter

 

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We are both excited about co-authoring this important book, designed for professionals who work with females, females themselves and or savvy parents!  While this book may have more global appeal as many parents may also read the book to educate themselves about appropriate assessment techniques and treatment recommendations, the target audience is the large and variable population of practitioners (from bachelor’s level to doctoral level) who diagnose and treat females on the spectrum. What would you like professionals to know? What would you like included in such a book? Thank-you.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “New book, tentatively titled: Assessment of Autism Spectrum and Asperger’s in Females: Comprehensive diagnostics and treatment planning for girls and women with autism spectrum conditions across the lifespan

  1. I am very much looking forward to all of the new books but am particularly excited to hear about the “Assessment of Autism Spectrum and Asperger’s in Females: Comprehensive diagnostics and treatment planning for girls and women with autism spectrum conditions across the lifespan”.
    This book is going to be an ‘Essential’ for everyone involved in the Autistic community, especially those involved in Assessment. I follow your blogs and newsfeeds with great interest and being an educator, a mummy (of daughters on the spectrum) and woman on the spectrum, I have great anticipation for the release of this book! I would like to see an emphasis on the hidden aspects of AS in women: The intensity of the emotions we feel, but cannot find ways to release, The torturing thoughts that constantly run through our mind and we find hard to ignore and reason with, The struggles to keep up with the fast, intensity of modern life and the feeling of ‘Auto-pilot’ that we seem to feel when we are seemingly ‘in control’ of things, followed by a stumble and ‘total meltdown’ ensues.
    I like the fact that in your writing, you recognise the different co-morbidities such as Hypermobility, eating disorders, Body dysmorphia etc related to women and girls.

    You are opening up a whole new world for women on the spectrum and are a pioneer in our futures xx

  2. Reblogged this on In a world of my own and commented:
    I am so excited to see that Tania Marshall and Dr Jennifer Imig Huffman are writing a new book! This is a very positive thing for the future of girls, teens and women on the Autistic Spectrum!

  3. The current diagnostic tools for females are not working so this is a needed product. Respectfully I have one small suggestion, the title “Assessment of Autism Spectrum and Asperger’s in Females: Comprehensive diagnostics and treatment planning for girls and women with autism spectrum conditions across the lifespan”.bothers me. Only one word actually bothers me, it is the word treatment, support is likely a better choice. There are two of us in my family, and the professionals who seem to be lost are not only confused about the differences between the males and females, but also the reality of we are who we are and not suffering from a disease. We do not have chlamydia, we do not need treatment, we need support and understanding. Due to the lack of understanding and support other issues may arise like depression and anxiety and those conditions could do with treatment but as far as being on the spectrum, that is something about me that cannot be changed and that I do not want to change.Figuring it out so the other issues do not arise is what is needed. A lot of ‘professionals’ need to be trained properly, the approach is often condescending which is due to their lack of comprehension. The result of their misguided attempts with me only result in their being the ones needing treatment after our conversation has been concluded. I speak as a parent of one, and as one myself, many ‘professionals’ are doing just as much damage as the community members who also fail to understand, plus we are not all one in the same. Sadly these people have to be approached at times to access support that our children need and when we do the prove to be little more than stumbling blocks who often halt the process altogether. Family members and parents who are not on the spectrum need these people to do their jobs properly because unlike myself they lack the awareness and I imagine that reality must be frustrating and hard on them and the person they are trying to support.

  4. As a recently diagnosed women on the spectrum and a mum to a 5 year old daughter who I believe to be on the spectrum, I am very excited to read your books. There is a huge lack of knowledge about how aspergers affects women and girls, this will be fantastic.

  5. The influences of Hormones. I parent two autistic young people, both non-verbal, and whilst no two autistic people are the same, our parenting skills and knowledge is the same. Having got my son through the challenges of puberty we’re now going through it with my daughter and she, is, truly going through hell and dragging us along for the ride! I’m so encouraged that there is some focus on how the condition affects girls and women, as in our family we see the differences every day.

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