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

Jennifer Cook O'Toole

Book - 2018

"Autism in Heels, an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism's most prominent figures, Jennifer 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 A...spie 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 a 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."--Page [2] of cover.

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Published
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
xx, 248 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographic references (pages 245-248).
ISBN
9781510732841
1510732845
Main Author
Jennifer Cook O'Toole (author)
Other Authors
Navah Paskowitz-Asner (author of introduction)
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Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* When O'Toole was diagnosed as autistic at age 34, she was relieved, rather than despairing. Finally, there was a reason why she felt "so smart but so stupid." Why she could memorize facts but couldn't get to an appointment on time. Why scents, sounds, and colors were so distracting. Autism is usually considered a male disease; O'Toole speaks for the many females who haven't been diagnosed. Like heart disease, autism presents differently in women and is often misdiagnosed. Women are often able to keep their anxieties well hidden. O'Toole opens the world of autism to readers in this frank memoir, enabling them to understand how complicated simple actions can be when you're being bombarded by sensory stimuli. She talks of navigating life without a rule book, of misunderstanding social cues, and of facing bullying and abuse. O'Toole, author of the Asperkids series and an outspoken advocate for Aspies (named after Asperger's), doesn't apologize for being neurologically different. She contends that autism forges connections and perspectives that aren't available to the neurotypical. She is for acceptance, rather than impatience. This insightful, candid book, filled with memories from own her life and the stories of others, will be a lifesaver for anyone facing similar challenges and those close to them. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this chipper memoir–cum–inspirational guide, O'Toole (the Asperkids series) documents life with Asperger syndrome, a classification within autism spectrum disorder. O'Toole's primary audience is girls and women on the spectrum, who are often underdiagnosed and "camouflage" their condition. Her book aims to help them and their families and friends see autism as "a neurological, not pathological, profile" and recognize the gendered ways in which that profile presents itself by using examples from her own life. O'Toole details her own childhood spent obsessing over Little House on the Prairie and the Smurfs, tirelessly rearranging her mother's nativity set, and pleasing adults but alienating other kids. As an adult, her Asperger's left her vulnerable to an eating disorder and abusive relationships. Each chapter includes a synthesis of research or explanation of autistic traits, and references to her current work as a motivational speaker. She offers encouraging, if trite, adages throughout: "I believe that kitchens are for dance parties (and brownies). That there is no such thing as too much glitter or too many ‘I love you's.' That life is an endless feast of adventure and possibility and wonder." Regardless, O'Toole's compassion and enthusiasm are infectious. (Aug.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The best-selling author of the Asperkids series offers an intimate memoir about her life and her diagnosis with autism, in a book that aims to dispel myths about the condition.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The author of the Asperkids series offers an intimate memoir about her life and her diagnosis with Asperger's syndrome, sharing her struggles and her journey self-discovery and dispelling myths about life on the autism spectrum.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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 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 a 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.From her own struggles and self-discovery, she has built an empire of empowerment, inspiring women the world over to realize they aren't mistakes. They are misunderstood miracles.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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 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 a 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.From her own struggles and self-discovery, she has built an empire of empowerment, inspiring women the world over to realize they aren't mistakes. They are misunderstood miracles.