Book review: Girls and Autism: Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives

A new book focusing on girls and women on the autism spectrum

Girls and AutismGirls and Autism: Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives
Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happé,  Jo Egerton
£29.99 | 194pp
ISBN: 9780815377269

This text brings together an important blend of personal and family experiences and the research evidence. The focus is specifically on girls and women on the autism spectrum, an area that has up to now been neglected, due to the attention on boys and men. 

The book is divided into specific sections and presents an overview of the existing research evidence in the area, moving on to look at the lived experiences of girls with autism. It then moves on to consider their education needs and how and where their needs can be met.  

The important area of adolescence and social networks and the issue of friendships, relationships and sexuality is welcome and brings to life the hopes and aspirations of the young women. 

There is a strong focus on mental health and the need to support girls with autism to develop resilience and self-reliance as essential skills for adulthood. 

This book makes an important and new contribution and is relevant to practitioners working in education, health, social care and independent sectors. 

Reviewed by Michael Brown, professor of nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University, Belfast

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