Girls and Autism

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Understanding The Spectrum – A Comic Strip Explanation
2Understanding Girls on the Spectrum by Prof. Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett
3Girls and Autism: Flying Under the Radar 2016
Why Autism Goes Unseen in Girls – And How You Can Spot It Sarah-Jane Critchley
5Questionnaire - screening Girl’s on the Spectrum. Please note this is not for diagnosis –it is to understand and become aware of the subtleties of girls presenting with Autism.
A Young Girl’s Story
"It all started when I confided to one of my friends that I was autistic during our last year of elementary school. As a result, she started to teach me how to be a “normal” teenager girl……………”
9Jessi C'Artoon: 'Girl in a mask' draws out school fears “Jessi Crowther has autism and has for years drawn cartoons to express her hidden feelings. Following her recent move from primary to secondary education, she shared her drawings in the hope it would help other children.”
10Social camouflaging in autism: Is it time to lose the mask? “Many autistic people feel obliged to pretend not to be autistic. They invest considerable effort daily in monitoring and modifying their behaviour to conform to conventions of non-autistic social behaviour. This phenomenon has come to be called ‘social camouflaging’, also referred to as ‘masking’, ‘compensation’ and ‘pretending to be normal……”
11Camouflaging: Girls and Women with Autism
Anxiety and autism in the classroom
In this article, autism specialist and autistic adult Sarah Hendrickx discusses the topic of anxiety and autism in education.
18Learning to Accept my Moments of Jealousy by Madeleine Ryan



14Anxiety and autism in the classroom  In this article, autism specialist and autistic adult Sarah Hendrickx discusses the topic of anxiety and autism in education. 
15NHS Coping with anxiety - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS ...
17You Need To Know is a UK-wide campaign launched in 2010 to make good mental health for children with autism a reality.  85% High anxiety levels, 36% depression, 27% suicidal thoughts. Approx 70% experience mental health issues as adults.

Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism


 Selective mutism is an anxiety-based disorder
A reluctant speaking and selective mutism resources pack. 

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Girls and ASDASD and Girls - A guidebook for Teachers  Abby Lloyd (local author)
Aspergers and girlsAsperger's and Girls – 2006 by Tony Attwood  
Beating anxietyBeating Anxiety: What Young People on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know by Davida Hartman
Can u see meCan You see me? By Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott
This book offers an autobiographical insight into autism, masking and PDA. 
Beating the bluesExploring Depression, and Beating the Blues: A CBT Self-Help Guide to Understanding and Coping with Depression in Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett 
Girls and autismGirls and Autism 2019  This book provides crucial insight into autistic girls’ experiences, helping professionals to recognise, understand, support and teach them effectively.”
Girl with Curly hair
The Girl with the Curly Hair  
Selective mutismThe Selective Mutism Resource Manual: 2nd addition 2016 An up-to-date summary of literature and theory to deepen your understanding of selective mutism. A wealth of ideas on assessment and management in home, school and community settings so that its relevance extends far beyond clinical practice.  A huge range of printable online handouts and other resources. 
The Spectrum Girl's Survival GuideThe Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide: How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic - 2020 by Siena Castellon (Author), Temple Grandin (Foreword)
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