Book Releases

The A to Z of ASDs – Rudy Simone

August 24, 2016 Spectrum Women

Aunt Aspie’s Guide to Life Rudy Simone. Foreword by Stephen M. Shore Aunt Aspie’s A to Z of sassy, no-nonsense advice covers all the topics adults on the autism spectrum need to know about. Delivered with humour, this book discusses dating and diets and talks about trust and travel. The array of topics in this book leave no issue unexplained. The A to Z of ASDs is a one-stop shop for adults on the autism spectrum in the form of an alphabetical guide to an array of challenging topics. From anxiety to zen meditation, compassion to self-esteem, dating to socializing […]

Book Releases

BOOK REVIEW: The Chalk Rainbow

July 24, 2017 Spectrum Women

The Chalk Rainbow – Deborah Kelly & Gwynneth Jones Publisher: Exisle Publishing Price: $24.99 Ages: 4- 8 years Specifications: Hardback | 215 x 288 mm | Colour | 32 Pages | Bundled with Teachers Notes Download Zone Independent review by Linda Wemyss The Chalk Rainbow, by Deborah Kelly (author of the Ruby Wishfinger series), and illustrated by Gwynneth Jones, is a story about Zane and his sister. Written in first person from the point of view of Zane’s sister (her name is not revealed), we learn that there are many things about Zane that are different: he has his own language, […]

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Exploring Depression, and Beating the Blues – Tony Attwood Michelle Garnett

August 24, 2016 Spectrum Women

A CBT Self-Help Guide to Understanding and Coping with Depression in Asperger’s Syndrome [ASD-Level 1] Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett. Illustrated by Colin Thompson., illustrated by Colin Thompson   Understand depression and how to cope with this self-help guide designed specifically for individuals on the autism spectrum. It includes a 10-stage CBT self-help programme with self-assessment tools and activities. For people with ASDs, depression is common, and has particular features and causes. This outstanding book provides a comprehensive review of these aspects, and an effective self-help guide for anyone with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affected by depression. Written by […]

Insights

Living Life as a Formal Event

August 18, 2016 Spectrum Women

Ever since I found out about my Asperger’s my life has really changed… Or better said, my perception of life changed. Suddenly everything started to make sense, all the answers I never thought I’d get were just coming and I even found lots of people that spoke my language who were looking for the same answers. It was very enlightening and liberating as most of you who are reading this are already are very much aware of and have gone through the same (or a similar) experience. After feeling engulfed by this wave of energy and excitement, that only such […]

Research Studies

RESEARCH – Ageing, Social Functioning and Anxiety in Older Adults with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Conditions – University of Queensland

August 18, 2016 Spectrum Women

Researchers at the University of Queensland invite older adults with high functioning autism (aged 50+ years) and their family members or partners to participate in a research project on ageing and autism. This project will be investigating ageing, social functioning and anxiety in older adults with high functioning autism spectrum conditions (ASC). Research Aim To investigate changes across the lifespan in the social and emotional functioning of older adults (aged 50+ years) with high functioning autism spectrum condition (ASC), and in doing so to improve our understanding of ageing on the autism spectrum. Background There has been very little research […]

Latest News

Friends – Good and True and Preferably Autie by Yenn Purkis

August 2, 2016 Spectrum Women

My childhood and early adulthood was characterised by my friends – either the fact that they were absent or inappropriate or downright dangerous. I never had a peer group. In fact I was so devoid of suitable friends that I found myself taking on belief systems and attitudes just to be accepted by one dodgy peer group or another – revolutionary socialists, criminals, drug addicts – I wanted so much to belong to something that I didn’t seem to mind how negative or unpleasant membership of that peer group might be. I lacked a genuine culture. I felt so isolated […]

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Attack of the Vultures – My Journey With Asperger’s

July 15, 2016 Spectrum Women

Hello. My name is Jaime, and I am a 36-year-old American woman who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) a little over a year ago. That day, April 22, 2015, was the most important day of my life. It was the day that I was finally able to stop pretending to be someone I wasn’t and shine my light out into the world as my authentic self. Before that beautiful day, life had been a horrible struggle. I grew up in the 1980s, when the only children who were seen as ‘mentally disabled’ were the ones who attended special […]

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A Stark Reminder: Autistic in the Air by Dena Gassner MSW

July 6, 2016 Spectrum Women

A few weeks ago, I had a presentation in another state here in the U.S. Those who hear me speak about accommodations know that I always say, “We shouldn’t seek to outgrow our need for accommodations but instead, to grow into them.” I firmly believe that there is a huge bias in that individuals with more obvious conditions (using a cane, wheelchair, etc.) are empowered to maximize their accommodations, however, individuals with invisible differences are set on an early path to seeking the outward appearance of ‘normal’ which means not asking for or getting accommodations. This becomes extremely problematic when […]

Book Releases

The Wonderful World of Work. A Workbook for Asperteens.

July 6, 2016 Spectrum Women

The Wonderful World of Work. A Workbook for Asperteens by Jeanette Purkis JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS Footprint Books www.footprint.com.au RRP AU$38.95 print Contents: Introduction. 1. Why Should You Go to Work? 2. What Kind of Work Do You Want to Do? 3. Your Own Unique Skills and Attributes – The Best Thing that You Have! 4. School, University, Skills and Work. 5. Getting the Most Out of Employment Services. 6. Working – What’s Involved? And How Do You Get a Job? 7. Get that Job! (Includes CVs, Interviews and Referees). 8. Volunteering – The Giving Keeps on Giving – to You! […]

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