Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women MOBI

Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women MOBI


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  1. Amalia Gavea Amalia Gavea says:

    Studying any material related to autism should be mandatory for all teachers Apart from the actual teaching of a specific subject, we must support our students, we must care for them and their problems and do everything within our means to help them We didn t choose this profession to kill time, we chose to be teachers out of love for children and the need to offer At least that would happen in an ideal world Unfortunately, there s always a significant number of teachers who consider teachin Studying any material related to autism should be mandatory for all teachers Apart from the actual teaching of a specific subject, we must support our students, we must care for them and their problems and do everything within our means to help them We didn t choose this profession to kill time, we chose to be teachers out of love for children and the need to offer At least that would happen in an ideal world Unfortunately, there s always a significant number of teachers who consider teaching a chore that they must carry out and be done with it Psychology and research mean very little to them So, this is not reading material for these teachers However, it is of special importance to the rest of us Dr Sarah Bagiela has developed a concise booklet on the ways autism can be diagnosed and its influence on various aspects of daily life Camouflage An excellent choice for the title of the booklet, in my opinion Dr Bagiela stresses the differences between women diagnosed with autism and men who face the same situation and presents a number of extremely interesting conclusions Women hide, camouflage autism by resorting to social mimicry skills In my opinion, this is oneindicator of the subconscious, powerful influence of social norms on the sexes Developed around three interviews of women diagnosed with autism, we are introduced to the notions of restricted interests, repetitive behaviours, and sensitivities The difficulty of social interactions and the importance of interests in the life of these women And what about men, you may ask This is not a book on men with autism but on the secrecy and complexity of the world of autistic women It has nothing to do with equality or inequality as a review mentioned and it s time to stop seeing monsters where there are none It s getting tiresome Researchers deal with specific fields This is exactly a specific field, whether some like it or not or choose to let their prejudices blind them And it is an excellent read.Enriched with beautiful illustrations by Sophie Standing in green, orange and white and with a very interesting bibliography, Camouflage will interest those who seek to start reading on autism and the ones who have extensive knowledge on the subject It is moving, powerful and very, very real.Many thanks to Jessica Kingsley Publishers and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.My reviews can also be found on


  2. C.G. Drews C.G. Drews says:

    This was a really beautifully done comic about autistic women The art is just perfectit s clever and fluid and really nice to look at This is just a 40 page comic graphic novel, so its aim is to introduce you to what women with autism look like It covers some of the differences in male vs female presenting symptoms and why women go undiagnosed so much As an autistic myself, I was really keen to see how it would sum up life as an autistic womanand I think it did well My only caveat is This was a really beautifully done comic about autistic women The art is just perfectit s clever and fluid and really nice to look at This is just a 40 page comic graphic novel, so its aim is to introduce you to what women with autism look like It covers some of the differences in male vs female presenting symptoms and why women go undiagnosed so much As an autistic myself, I was really keen to see how it would sum up life as an autistic womanand I think it did well My only caveat is it s just an overview You d really give this to someone who has NO idea what autism is You d give this to the person who says, Aw no you re just shy, not autistic to give them a place to start on understanding it.I loved how it never pitched autism negatively Thaaaanks Would hi five But it emphasised the whole way through that girls with autism generally have less issues than boys because we internalised and mask Hence the title of Camouflage I think it should ve underlined the cost of thisserious depression, meltdowns and shutdowns, high suicide rates, etc I KNOW it was just an overview, but by the end if I d known nothing about autism I would ve felt like autistic women felt different but it was no big dealwhen in reality I think we need to bring awareness to the dangers of camouflaging And that women with autism need to be believed and supported and not doubted


  3. Toni Toni says:

    A huge thank you to Amalia Gaveawhose beautiful review of this book made me add it to my shelf Thank you for passing it on and caring so passionately about teaching Camouflage the hidden lives of autistic women is a great introduction into autistic disorder spectrum in women The book is well researched, informative and beautifully illustrated We get a brief overview of what autism is, the prevalence of low and high functioning autism in men and women it is also explained why terms low A huge thank you to Amalia Gaveawhose beautiful review of this book made me add it to my shelf Thank you for passing it on and caring so passionately about teaching Camouflage the hidden lives of autistic women is a great introduction into autistic disorder spectrum in women The book is well researched, informative and beautifully illustrated We get a brief overview of what autism is, the prevalence of low and high functioning autism in men and women it is also explained why terms low and high functioning autism may be unhelpful and the reasons why fewer women are diagnosed with autism The book illustrates in a very accessible manner what exactly restricted social communication and interaction, repetitive behaviours, sensory sensitivities and eccentric, special interests are I loved the way differences between autistic men and women are presented through infographics, case studies and stories I could almost feel the exhaustion brought by the perceived need for social mimicry and camouflage It s very draining trying to figure out everything all the time The most shocking part for me was the one dealing with vulnerability in intimate relationships and need to assert oneself so as not to become a victim of abuse.I will definitely pass the information contained in this remarkable book dedicated to challenging common misconceptions about autistic women in order to promote better understanding of their experiences.Thank you to NetGalley and Jessica Kingsley Publishers for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion


  4. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    I have two sons with autism, one severely autistic, the other only recently diagnosed, who might at some point become possibly fully functional, not sure yet, so I have both 1 read a lot about and have a lot of personal experience autism, as parent and teacher, and 2 I know farboys than girls are diagnosed with the disorder, so I was interested in this short graphic non fiction book by clinical psychologist Sophie Bargiela and illustrated by Sophie Standing Though I like the attractive I have two sons with autism, one severely autistic, the other only recently diagnosed, who might at some point become possibly fully functional, not sure yet, so I have both 1 read a lot about and have a lot of personal experience autism, as parent and teacher, and 2 I know farboys than girls are diagnosed with the disorder, so I was interested in this short graphic non fiction book by clinical psychologist Sophie Bargiela and illustrated by Sophie Standing Though I like the attractive coloring I am not a fan of the digital infographics style, but I appreciate the work for making a single point in a succinct 40 page andvisually arresting fashion than most non fiction books That we misdiagnose girls who are on the spectrum because they sometimes seem to better camouflage their symptoms than boys An appendix lists some texts for further reading, because this short book is clearly just a kind of introduction to the topic I think that the book is accessible for middle grades and YA so could be useful for teachers and students in helping identify both boys and girls who might possibly gethelp with a correct diagnosis Of course we all know of Temple Grandin, who has written many books about autism without making the gender distinction And because we have so manypeople with autism than ever and no, it s not just better diagnostic techniques, anyone who taught thirty years ago and still teaches today can tell you that there are many, manystudents with autism and other neurological disorders of various kinds today it is useful to know all we can about it There are many works of recent fiction that include girl and boy characters on the spectrum one recent one that also does not identify gender differences that I really like is Liana Finck s Almost Human A Graphic Memoir, which is much longer,artistically interesting and accomplished, and ultimatelyinsightful.Still, I like it that Bargiela s work is both based on interviews with girls with autism, and makes an attempt to reach out to a general audience, based on her interviewing 3 young and articulate so thus high functioning women Paula 24 , Ellie 19 , and Mimi 30 who were mainly seen by families and professionals as anxious, depressed, or simply shy, and who coped by camouflaging, pretending to be normal, better passing for neurotypical than many boys, according to the author Of course three interviews not even in depth case studies do not a persuasive case make, and I would like to knowabout this assertion of gender differences, I m intrigued, and I m disappointed that we don t really get to know these women at all in this short book, but the quotes Bargiela shares are sometimes heart breaking It s very draining trying to figure out everything all the time I still appreciate what this book could do to reach teachers and parents and young people I can imagine someone reading this and exclaiming Oh, this makes so much sense, I probably have or she has autism


  5. The Artisan Geek The Artisan Geek says:

    5 3 20This book is so good and educational The illustrations are great as well There are many fields where medical research on women is very scarce Honestly, I could talk about this all day for instance cis men have been used as test objects for research on cis female organs It s just things that make you go Que Anyway, as a result of this, many women with autism are diagnosed at very late stage in life if at all , simply because their autism generally isn t expressed in the same way 5 3 20This book is so good and educational The illustrations are great as well There are many fields where medical research on women is very scarce Honestly, I could talk about this all day for instance cis men have been used as test objects for research on cis female organs It s just things that make you go Que Anyway, as a result of this, many women with autism are diagnosed at very late stage in life if at all , simply because their autism generally isn t expressed in the same way For instance, on average women are better at masking learning how to communicate in a socially accepted way mostly by trial and error and copying , which can be very exhausting and lead to anxiety and depression That s why it s so important to raise awareness, so that we can prevent people from avoidable harm I d definitely recommend this book if you want educate yourself Thank you for attending my TED talkYou can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website


  6. Kristy K Kristy K says:

    With the great graphics and bite sized chunks of information, Camouflage can almost be seen as a large pamphlet It s quite short, only around 40 pages, and yet it s packed full of data and firsthand accounts of autistic women Illustrated and well researched, Bargiela introduces us to the differences between men and women with autism and Asperger s I found it informative, eye opening, and to the point She also gives additional reading recommendations at the end which I always find helpful.


  7. Ana Ana says:

    Sophie Standing is not a new name to me Having done research on trauma in autobiographical graphic novels, I gathered all kinds of articles and books, including her collaboration with Steve Haines for Trauma is Really Strange, which is an essay on the nature of trauma in, well, comic format The Really Strange series Singing Dragon , also includes volumes on pain, forgiveness, and anxiety, which I recommend you check out Camouflage The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women goes along the sa Sophie Standing is not a new name to me Having done research on trauma in autobiographical graphic novels, I gathered all kinds of articles and books, including her collaboration with Steve Haines for Trauma is Really Strange, which is an essay on the nature of trauma in, well, comic format The Really Strange series Singing Dragon , also includes volumes on pain, forgiveness, and anxiety, which I recommend you check out Camouflage The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women goes along the same line informative, eye opening, and gorgeously illustrated Since I was already a fan of Sophie s work, I thought I might look into Sarah Bargiela before reading Camouflage , I was surely impressed to find that her research focuses on the experiences of young women with Autism Spectrum Disorder Camouflage defines the terms for its reader, pointing out why there are fewer girls and women diagnosed with autism compared to boys and men, which it pains me to admit is not something I even considered If you re thinking she would be a female version of Rain Man, read this book It s not even close The core of this book is based on the stories Sarah Bargiela gathered doing interviews with autistic young women Paula 24 , Ellie 19 , and Mimi 30 trying to deconstruct the labelling of women on the spectrum, often dismissed by people as anxious, depressed, or simply shy, and having them explain how they tried to fit in by camouflaging, pretending to be normal Whether it s creative writing, crafts, or playing music, finding friends with common interests has helped these women to better understand themselves and the others to better understand their autism At the end, there is a Further reading list of articles, books, and websites, if you wantinformation So once you ve read it, pass it on 4.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley Jessica Kingsley Publishers for the opportunity to read a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review


  8. Allie Allie says:

    I m a little worried to review this because then I m basically outing myself In the past 6 months or so I ve started to realize I m definitely not neurotypical and there s a strong possibility that I m autistic There are so many characteristics I have that I thought was just my dumb broken brain that I have been masking to various degrees of success throughout my life Recently I had an experience exactly like the ones described in the book where I asked my psychiatrist about an autism diagn I m a little worried to review this because then I m basically outing myself In the past 6 months or so I ve started to realize I m definitely not neurotypical and there s a strong possibility that I m autistic There are so many characteristics I have that I thought was just my dumb broken brain that I have been masking to various degrees of success throughout my life Recently I had an experience exactly like the ones described in the book where I asked my psychiatrist about an autism diagnosis and he dismissed all my concerns as just personality traits It was so frustrating and it made me so angry He didn t even seem to understand why I would want to seek a diagnosis There is a growing amount of research about how autism presents differently in people socialized female and women and girls use different masking and camouflaging skills An easily digestible summary is this article from NPR called Social Camouflage May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls


  9. La Coccinelle La Coccinelle says:

    I thought this would be an interesting look at how autism affects women, but unfortunately, the book simply promotes and reinforces what appears to be a flawed premise, while simultaneously ignoring the severe end of the autism spectrum, making incorrect assumptions, and disparaging people especially women who don t have autism.The biggest problem with this book is that it posits that females are underdiagnosed with autism because they don t meet the male based criteria Here s the thing Ther I thought this would be an interesting look at how autism affects women, but unfortunately, the book simply promotes and reinforces what appears to be a flawed premise, while simultaneously ignoring the severe end of the autism spectrum, making incorrect assumptions, and disparaging people especially women who don t have autism.The biggest problem with this book is that it posits that females are underdiagnosed with autism because they don t meet the male based criteria Here s the thing There is no medical test for autism There s no blood test or scan that you can take that will tell you, definitively, if you have the condition So a diagnosis is based solely on observed or reported behaviour This book talks about how women don t tick as many of the symptom boxes as men Logically, it would follow that fewer women would be diagnosed But this book argues that point to a ridiculous degree According to this, if you don t meet the established criteria for autism, then the criteria is wrong.Some of the assertions are just plain silly There s a section where the women talk about running into trouble with abusive partners or narcissistic behaviour, as if that s something that can only happen to women with autism Domestic violence wouldn t be such a huge problem if only autistic people were vulnerable to it Another part of the book has one of the women implying that men are better because they ll come right out and be rude, while neurotypical women never really say what they mean Well, I ll come right out and say it that is rude, disrespectful, and inaccurate There goes that generalization about neurotypical women The little bit of background on the discovery of autism didn t really impress me I ve read about it previously The casual mentions of Hans Asperger were a little bit disturbing, though he was a eugenicist who collaborated with the Nazis and ended up sending mentally ill and disabled children to their deaths None of that is mentioned at all.The erasure of the lower end of the spectrum is perhaps the most disturbing part of the book but one I m not surprised by Much is made of narrow special interests, but the women featured in the book are high functioning enough to have age appropriate obsessions Nowhere is there any mention of the girls and women who are still obsessed with Elmo or PAW Patrol after puberty Someextreme symptoms such as meltdowns are mentioned, but only in passing There s absolutely nothing about co morbid conditions that go along with many autism diagnoses seizures, bowel disorders, immune dysfunction , likely because that would show that there is a lower end of the spectrum The book states that the terms high functioning and low functioning are considered by some in the autism community to be unhelpful, claiming that it has to do with IQ I don t think I ve seen it referred to in such a way the functioning levels seem to beto do with things like how verbal a person is and the ability to perform basic self care not an IQ score The layout of the book is sort of like an illustrated picture book It s not a graphic novel There s no continuous narrative The pictures aren t really my thing they re too chunky and simple,like something you d see in an infographic.Overall, I wasn t impressed I expected there to befrom the autistic women themselves, other than a few quotes I didn t really learn anything I didn t already know, and I just got annoyed by the continued insistence that the criteria for the condition was wrong I recently read Regression by Twilah Hiari, and it s much better at offering insight into the workings of an autistic woman s mind


  10. Etienne Etienne says:

    A visual representation of what living with autisms is for women Not bad, between information and biographies, they are very personal facts here andscientific as well The think I didn t like about this book is the constant, something we sawandin modern days, trying to make show the difference between women and men in everything We never talk so much about trying to eliminate the barrier between sexes and at the same time we always underline the fact that everything is so dif A visual representation of what living with autisms is for women Not bad, between information and biographies, they are very personal facts here andscientific as well The think I didn t like about this book is the constant, something we sawandin modern days, trying to make show the difference between women and men in everything We never talk so much about trying to eliminate the barrier between sexes and at the same time we always underline the fact that everything is so different They re difference that we can t deny and there are also things that are mostly the same A book explaining autism is great, a book explaining autism of women not necessary, a chapter exploring the difference between autism women and men would have been enough, because yes there are differences, but there aresimilarities Anyway editorial review this morning


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Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women ❰Reading❯ ➿ Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women Author Sarah Bargiela – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Autism in women and girls is still not widely understood, and is often misrepresented or even overlooked This graphic novel offers an engaging and accessible insight into the lives and minds of women Autism in Hidden Lives PDF/EPUB ê women and girls is still not widely understood, and is often misrepresented or even overlooked This graphic novel offers an engaging and accessible insight into the lives and minds of women with autism, using real life case studies The charming illustrations lead Camouflage: The eBook Ü readers on a visual journey of how women on the spectrum experience everyday life, from metaphors and masking behaviours to communication online, dealing with social pressures and managing relationshipsFun, sensitive and informative, this is a fantastic resource for anyone who wishes to understand how gender The Hidden Lives Kindle Ï affects autism, and how to create safer, accommodating environments for women on the spectrum.

  • Hardcover
  • 40 pages
  • Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women
  • Sarah Bargiela
  • English
  • 09 June 2019
  • 1785925660

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