Odd Girl Out: An Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World by Laura JamesFrom early childhood, Laura James knew she was different, but it wasnt until her mid-forties that she found out why. A successful journalist and mother to four children, she had spent her whole life feeling as if she were running a different operating system to those around her. This book charts a year in her life and offers a unique insight into the autistic mind and the journey from diagnosis to acceptance. Drawing on personal experience, research and conversations with experts, she learns how different doesnt need to mean less and how its never too late for any of us to find our place in the world. Laura explores how and why female autism is so under-diagnosed and very different to that seen in men and boys and explores difficulties and benefits neurodiversity can bring.
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Odd Girl Out: An Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World
Thank you! From childhood, James knew that she behaved and thought differently from other youngsters. Hyperfocused and sensitive to external stimuli, she tried to fit in by copying the behavior of neurotypical girls her age. Yet James would be in her mids before a psychiatrist officially diagnosed her with autism. Success came only after overcoming great personal difficulties. Instead of making her feel complete, that union—coupled with early motherhood—left her feeling terrified and confused.
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