Odd Girl Out: Being an Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World
From early childhood, Laura James knew she was different, but it wasn't 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' doesn't need to mean 'less' and how it's 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.
A powerful memoir about dealing with a diagnosis of autism in womanhood.
Laura James is an author, PR professional and journalist. She lives with her husband, two of her four children and their dogs in North Norfolk. Since her diagnosis she has worked closely with the National Autistic Society.