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Autism in heels : the untold story of a female life on the spectrum

Author: Jennifer Cook O'Toole; Navah Paskowitz-Asner
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The face of autism is changing, and more often than we realize, that face is wearing lipstick. Autism in Heels, an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism's most prominent figures, Jennifer Cook 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
O'Toole, Jennifer Cook
Autism in Heels : The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum
La Vergne : Skyhorse Publishing,c2018
Named Person: Jennifer Cook O'Toole
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Cook O'Toole; Navah Paskowitz-Asner
ISBN: 9781510732858 1510732853
OCLC Number: 1078574631
Description: 1 online resource (194 p.)
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Foreword by Navah Paskowitz-Asner; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Thirty-Four Years; Chapter 1: Backwards in Heels: My Story in Reverse; Background Check; The Missing Link: Family Connections; Cracking the Diagnostic Code; What Ifs; Bell(e) Curve; Chapter 2: Camouflage: Hiding in Plain Sight; A World You Don't See: Synesthesia; Sketch the Portraits: The Masks We Wear; Tell the Stories: Behind the Mask; See and Be Seen; Labelish, Much?; The Chick-List Checklist Chapter 3: Life with the Volume Turned Up: Intense Minds, Intense ... EverythingSplat! People; Championing the Human Spectrum: Intellectual Intensity; Song of Myself; The Name Game; The Wonder Bread Crisis; The Unexpected Redhead; Context Clues; Make-A-Wish; A Million Shards of Sand: Sensorial Intensity; Just Go Play!; Chapter 4: Executive, Functioning: Girls Can Be Professors, Too; Fault Lines (Through No Fault of Our Own); Invisible on the Monopoly Board; I Can't Believe I'm About to Teach Brain Science in Public; Santa: Executive, Functioning; Brain Transplant; Executive Functions Organization Function SkillsRegulation Function Skills; Trains and Fireflies; Functional Cruise Directors; Pivot Point; Chapter 5: Mythbusters: Open Heart Emotion; Can You Feel Me Now?; How Do I Look?; Alexa, Tell Me How I Feel; Poison, Dipped in Sugar; Cognitive Empathy, Theory of Mind, and Mary Poppins; Affective/Emotional Empathy: What Happens Once We Know; Ouch: Your Hurt Hurts Me; Why Not You-Or Me?; My Father's Daughter; Chapter 6: The Land of Anywhere But Here: Predators and Fandom Families; The Theory of My Mind; Little Blue Men in the Hands of Predators; Catching the Rain Unlikely HeroesLong Ago and Far Away; Chapter 7: The Statue of Venus: Friends, Rules, and Red High Heels; The Teachers' Lounge; That's What Friends Are For; Something Beautiful out of Something Broken; Bottoms Up; How to Be a Girl; Red High Heels; Chapter 8: So This Is Love: Autism by Gaslight; This. Wow. This.; Hands Off, Boys; An "Us" instead of a "Them"; A Cumulative Panic; The Poor Flower; A Kiss Is Not Just a Kiss; A Sisterly Aside; (A Little Rough Sometimes); Finger Paint Bruises; The Piss Jar; Autism by Gaslight; For Good.; Chapter 9: Hurts So Good: Our Epidemic of Self-Harm The Woman I Almost KnewAgain and Again and Again; The Wandering Years; If Anyone Had Known; Salads and Spreadsheets; Kathryn's Birthday Present; Chapter 10: Semicolon: The Story of a Sisterhood; The Yank Meets the Princess; Thelma and Anne-Louise; Lola; Works Cited
Responsibility: Jennifer Cook O'Toole ; foreword by Navah Paskowitz-Asner.

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The face of autism is changing, and more often than we realize, that face is wearing lipstick. Autism in Heels, an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism's most prominent figures, Jennifer Cook 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 3 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.

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