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Autism Resources

Updated: Sep 18, 2020 (ask an autistic)

My autistic friends recommend Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults by Zosia Zaks, The Aspie Girl's Guide to Being Safe with Men by Debi Brown, and the anthology What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew edited by Emily Paige Ballou, Kristina Thomas, and Sharon daVanport. While not autism-specific, The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability also comes highly recommended. My favorite autism blog, Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, runs frank and fascinating pieces like 'Autism and Orgasm.' Another place to look for useful advice is in presentations by autistic self-advocates like Lindsey Nebeker, Stephen Mark Shore, and Amy Gravino (whose TEDx talk 'Why Autism Is Sexier Than You Think It Is' is on YouTube)." (Note: one thing to consider is that we “cannot assume that early hormonal influences on neural development in other mammals, particularly those involving the cerebral cortex, are preserved in humans.” Hines from Fine 103) Elise B. Robinson B. E., Lichtenstein P., Anckarsäter H., Happé F., & Ronald A. (2013). Examining and Interpreting the Female Protective Effect Against Autistic Behavior. PNAS, 110(13). Lai M-C., Lombardo M.V., Auyeung B., Chakrabarti B., & Baron-Cohen S. Sex/Gender Differences and Autism: Setting the Scene for Future Research. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54 (1), 11-24. Silva L., Schalock M. (2013). Treatment of Tactile Impairment in Young Children with Autism: Results with Qigong Massage. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage Bodywork, 6(4), 12-20.

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