the girl with the curly hair : Asperger’s and Me
Alis Rowe is the girl with the curly hair. She is 25, loves weightlifting, her cats and has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Alis’s mission is to improve understanding and communication between women and girls on the autism spectrum and their neuro-typical (NT) loved ones. She achieves this admirably through her social enterprise, The Curly Haired Project where she, along with her friend Nele Muylaert, write, blog, vlog and produce brilliant books & posters. Alis has recently made the shortlist for the National Diversity Awards 2014 (one of 5 shortlisted out of 21,000 nominations), which is an achievement in itself!
‘the girl with the curly hair : Asperger’s and Me’ is a touching and personal memoir of Alis’s world of Asperger’s Syndrome.
It is incredibly clear and well written, as well as being highly visual in presentation, making it easy to follow. The diagrams help enormously in helping to understand the female ‘aspie’ thought processes. The cartoon-style images make difficult concepts understandable. The book is suitable for any teenager or adult wanting to learn more about Asperger’s Syndrome in a positive way. Alis writes openly about herself, literal thinking, special interests, school, university and employment, conforming, relationships, her social life and depression.
I can not recommend this book highly enough, it literally is a ‘must read’. I wish that ‘Asperger’s and Me’ was a compulsory book for any professional studying Autism Spectrum Conditions, especially those who need to know about the female presentation of Asperger’s Syndrome. I believe that Alis’s work has given many girls and women on the spectrum that ‘I am not alone’ feeling. I have never read anything as insightful and inspiring as this.
This is what Alis says about her book:
My family have known me my entire life. They have been by my side at the doctor’s. They have brought me out of shutdowns. They have supported me through depression. Yet, despite being a part of all of these things, they still don’t really know what it’s like being me, having Asperger’s Syndrome.
So I wrote this book.
The hardest thing about having Asperger’s Syndrome is that it can seem like an invisible condition. Females in particular, can be expert at masking their symptoms.
Tomorrow I will get up and leave the house, go into work and get on with things, my challenges totally oblivious to the people around me. The next day will be the same. And the day after.
I hope this book will build the bridge between people with Asperger’s Syndrome and the rest of the world. Most people with Asperger’s Syndrome are able and willing to work and live a “normal” life, with the right support and adjustment. The main problem is that most people are just unaware of how they can help.
So, let us begin our journey into the wearing but wonderful world that is…
This is a quote from the amazon book review, there are many more satisfied readers out there. Check them out here
Alis’s insights into Asperger’s Syndrome are simply invaluable.
She writes so clearly and from the heart and gives true perspective into her world.
The diagrams in the book are very visual and explain so much.
Everyone connected in some way to Asperger’s Syndrome should read this book. I second the comment above, this should be on a ‘professionals’ must-read list.