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Asperger’s Autism and Girls

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Video DVD - Asperger’s Autism and Girls

by: Dr. Tony Attwood


This DVD offers the most comprehensive presentation yet of the characteristics and reasons why female Aspies fall under the radar in their diagnosis.


Dr Attwood covers everything from their ability to camouflage and mimic social behaviours to hide their social confusion to ways their condition may be identified through their unique interests and behaviours. He contends their ability to hide their Asperger’s affects the male/famale ratio of Asperger’s to 3 to 1, significantly greater than previous studies have shown. He also argues that girls with Asperger’s often are misdiagnosed, resulting in their not getting the help they need for what is often typical of their condition; low self esteem, depression (often clinical depression); vulnerability to relationship predators or living in abusive relationships; unhealthy excessive weight loss or gain; or selective mutism, among other things. He focuses on their atributes and the importance of a diagnosis so they can understand the ‘why’ or who they are. With that, they can develop an appreciation of their differences, which are not less than their neurotypical peers – just different.





“After the initial shock of realisation that this is a conference video, things take a little while to settle down. The first ten minutes are almost unbearable as the camera has been placed at the back of the conference room and it’s clear that the operators don’t know how to zoom it….. Fortunately, after 10 minutes, they get it right and they zoom into a clear head and shoulders frame of Tony as he gives his speech. Strangely, it’s around this point that they get the audio right too…..Camera issues aside, Tony Attwood is a magnificient and engaging speaker who talks about his subject with a passion. He covers quite a bit of ground in 90 minutes and is helped by powerpoint slides with quotations from famous females with Aspergers Syndrome and other ASDs. ….Luckily, the fact that many sections of the DVD are direct quotes from powerpoint slides (which are shown on the screen) helps. If you have any hearing issues, you can at least, read along with Tony…..If you can’t make it to any of Tony’s conferences and you have a daughter or female student on the spectrum, then this DVD is certainly the next best thing. It’s also a great thing to have handy for repeat value as your child grows up” Bollard, G (2011).


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