Having autism does not mean you have a mental illness, or that you are aggressive or rude.
Yet many feel they are pigeon-holed and misunderstood. One clinician, Fiona Fisher Bullivant, has been working with three women, all with an autistic spectrum condition, to dispel the myths and understand their thinking and way of life.
With this study, she has compiled all her experiences in a book: Working with Girls and Young Women with an Autism Spectrum Condition. A Practical Guide for Clinicians.
She says: “The book is a compilation of my experiences and reflections which have evolved from years of working with very complex individuals, girls and young women with often brilliant minds, mysterious souls and exceptional brains.
“They often struggle with their identity, self-worth and general understanding of themselves – often wondering if they have a mental illness, often feeling disconnected and different but confused as to why, and often misunderstood and, more concerningly, misdiagnosed.