Autism in heels : the untold story of a female life on the spectrum / Jennifer Cook O'Toole ; foreword by Navah Paskowitz-Asner.

By: O'Toole, Jennifer Cook.
Contributor(s): Paskowitz-Asner, Navah [author of introduction.].
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, 2018Copyright date: 2018Description: xx, 248 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781510732841.Other title: Untold story of a female life on the spectrum.Subject(s): O'Toole, Jennifer Cook | AUTISM | FEMALES | AUTOBIOGRAPHY | BIOGRAPHYGenre/Form: Autobiographies. | Biography.
Contents:
Backwards in heels: my story in reverse -- Camouflage: hiding in plain sight -- Life with the volume turned up: intense minds, intense...everything -- Executive, functioning: girls can be professors, too -- Mythbusters: open heart emotion -- The land of anywhere but here: predators and fandom families -- The statue of Venus: friends, rules, and red high heelss -- So this is love: autism by gaslight -- Hurts so good: our epidemic of self-harm -- Semicolon: the story of a sisterhood.
Summary: "Autism in Heels, an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism's most prominent figures, Jennifer O'Toole. At the age of thirty-five, Jennifer was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, and for the first time in her life, things made sense. Now, Jennifer exposes the constant struggle between carefully crafted persona and authentic existence, editing the autism script with wit, candor, passion, and power. Her journey is one of reverse-self-discovery not only as an Aspie but--more importantly--as a thoroughly modern woman. Beyond being a memoir, Autism in Heels is a love letter to all women. It's a conversation starter. A game changer. And a firsthand account of what it is to walk in Jennifer's shoes (especially those iconic red stilettos). Whether it's bad perms or body image, sexuality or self-esteem, Jennifer's is as much a human journey as one on the spectrum. Because autism "looks a bit different in pink," most girls and women who fit the profile are not identified, facing years of avoidable anxiety, eating disorders, volatile relationships, self-harm, and stunted independence. Jennifer has been there, too. Autism in Heels takes that message to the mainstream."--Page [2] of cover.
List(s) this item appears in: New books 2019. Feb 2019 CM | Recently added autism books. April 2019 CM | Autism and Women Sep 2019 | Adults on the spectrum. August 2020 | Adolescence and autism. July 2018 F | Women on the spectrum. March 2021 | Teen programme- Explore May 2021
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Includes bibliographic references (pages 245-248).

Backwards in heels: my story in reverse -- Camouflage: hiding in plain sight -- Life with the volume turned up: intense minds, intense...everything -- Executive, functioning: girls can be professors, too -- Mythbusters: open heart emotion -- The land of anywhere but here: predators and fandom families -- The statue of Venus: friends, rules, and red high heelss -- So this is love: autism by gaslight -- Hurts so good: our epidemic of self-harm -- Semicolon: the story of a sisterhood.

"Autism in Heels, an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism's most prominent figures, Jennifer O'Toole. At the age of thirty-five, Jennifer was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, and for the first time in her life, things made sense. Now, Jennifer exposes the constant struggle between carefully crafted persona and authentic existence, editing the autism script with wit, candor, passion, and power. Her journey is one of reverse-self-discovery not only as an Aspie but--more importantly--as a thoroughly modern woman. Beyond being a memoir, Autism in Heels is a love letter to all women. It's a conversation starter. A game changer. And a firsthand account of what it is to walk in Jennifer's shoes (especially those iconic red stilettos). Whether it's bad perms or body image, sexuality or self-esteem, Jennifer's is as much a human journey as one on the spectrum. Because autism "looks a bit different in pink," most girls and women who fit the profile are not identified, facing years of avoidable anxiety, eating disorders, volatile relationships, self-harm, and stunted independence. Jennifer has been there, too. Autism in Heels takes that message to the mainstream."--Page [2] of cover.

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