Girls and Autism: Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives

1st Edition

Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happe, Jo Egerton

Routledge
February 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages
ISBN 9780815377269 - CAT# K338848

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Summary

Often thought of as a predominantly "male" disorder, girls on the autism spectrum have long gone unidentified, unnoticed, and unsupported – sometimes with devastating consequences for their social and mental well-being. As current research reveals a much more balanced male:female ratio in autism, this book provides crucial insight into autistic girls’ experiences, helping professionals to recognise, understand, support and teach them effectively.

Drawing on the latest research findings, chapters consider why girls have historically been overlooked by traditional diagnostic approaches, identifying behaviours that may be particular to girls, and exploring the ‘camouflaging’ that can make the diagnosis of autistic girls more difficult. Chapters emphasize both the challenges and advantages of autism and take a multidisciplinary approach to encompass contributions from autistic girls and women, their family members, teachers, psychologists, and other professionals. The result is an invaluable source of first-hand insights, knowledge and strategies, which will enable those living or working with girls on the autism spectrum to provide more informed and effective support.

Giving voice to the experiences, concerns, needs and hopes of girls on the autism spectrum, this much-needed text will provide parents, teachers and other professionals with essential information to help them support and teach autistic girls more effectively.

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