A fantastic, easy-to-digest book for anyone hoping to understand how we can create a safer, more accommodating environment for women on the spectrum.
Autism in women and girls is still not widely understood, and is often misrepresented or even overlooked. This graphic novel offers an engaging and accessible insight into the lives and minds of autistic women, using real-life case studies.
The charming illustrations lead readers on a visual journey of how women on the spectrum experience everyday life, from metaphors and masking in social situations, to friendships and relationships and the role of special interests.
Fun, sensitive and informative, this is a fantastic resource for anyone who wishes to understand how gender affects autism, and how to create safer supportive and more accessible environments for women on the spectrum.
Author Dr Sarah Bargiela is a clinical psychologist who specialises in autism. She has also been a key worker for children with autism, and holds an MA in Child Development.
Illustrations by Sophie Standing, a London-based illustrator and designer, specialising in human sciences. Her style combines digital and hand-made, with an emphasis on rich colour, textures and metaphorical concepts.
"A beautiful book that will undoubtedly improve awareness that autism isn't just for men!"
Frances Happe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience King's College London
"We need to know why and how girls and woman with autism disguise their differences to their peers. This engaging and informative graphic book provides and explanation (based on both personal experience and research) that will be appreciated by those who have autism, their families and professionals"
Tony Attwood, Minds and hearts Clinic Brisbane