FAQ

WHY GIRLS?

Girls have their own unique set of needs, and we hope the Yellow Ladybugs will provide an opportunity for autistic girls to meet at our fun events and connect with their peers.

According to a recent study (http://time.com/3837896/autism-girls-diagnosis/) autistic girls present differently and are generally diagnosed later. This may mean that girls often miss out on opportunities to join social playgroups before school.

If you would like to start your own social friendship group for boys or combined, feel free to contact us for advice, and we will be happy to help you set one up.

WHY ASPERGERS?

The first group that has been developed is for autistic girls who would typically attend mainstream school, or girls who miss out on funding to attend specific Autistic Schools.

At this stage, due to limited funding and resources, Yellow Ladybugs events cater for autistic girls who do not qualify or miss out on attending special autistic schools. We would love to accommodate all girls on the spectrum, at any age, in all states around Australia, but with limited resources this is not currently possible. If you would like to get involved, to help expand our reach, please email info@yellowladybugs.com.au

WHAT AGE RANGE?

As we are relatively new, we are currently able to provide a friendship group for girls aged between 5years to 12 years old. We believe having girls close in age, will provide the best opportunities for girls to forge friendships. If you would like to setup a group for a different age range, please contact us.

WHAT LOCATION?

Yellow Ladybugs is raising acepptance about autistic throughout Australia. Our online community is open for all. Our events are currently limited to Melbourne, Ballarat, and shortly NSW and QLD. Most events will be organised centrally, to help families travelling from every direction. If you would like to setup another “Yellow Ladybugs” friendship group in another location, please contact us.

HOW MANY GIRLS IN EACH GROUP?

We had 20 girls attend our first event, and found that worked well with parent supervision. As the program grows, we hope we can segment the groups further by age and location. This may lead to smaller groups, which can develop over time.

WHAT IF THE GROUP IS ALREADY FULL, OR NOT IN MY AREA?

You are welcome to nominate yourself as a location leader and create your own group. To register your interest, please contact us directly.

WILL THE GROUPS BE SUPERVISED?

A parent or carer must supervise and be present at all times. This is not a supervised program.

ARE SIBLINGS ALLOWED TO ATTEND?

Due to limited spaces, we cannot accommodate siblings.

ARE THE EVENTS FREE?

As volunteers, we aim to keep the cost of our events as low as possible. At this stage, we have not developed a membership fee, but are investigating this to cover insurance and admin costs.

Does this replace professional social training?

No. Imagine this like a birthday party invite. This is not run by professional therapists. It is simply a gathering of parents and friends, and should not replace any ongoing therapy or support you typically attend.

How do I setup a Yellow Ladybugs group in my area?

Send an email to info@yellowladybugs.com.au with your details, location and some information about yourself.

Where can I get more information about Autstic Girls?

You can find a lot of good information from Dr. Tony Attwood - www.tonyattwood.com.au

Tony Attwood is well known for sharing his knowledge of Aspergers Syndrome. He has an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of London. He is currently adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University in Queensland.

Other interesting links:

BOOKS (not exhaustive by any stretch!)

FOR GIRLS/WOMEN:

"I Am An Aspie Girl: A Book for Young Girls with Autism Spectrum Conditions" by Danuta Bulhak-Paterson. Ages 5 & up.
http://www.booktopia.com.au/i-am.../prod9781849056342.html

"Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World" by Sy Montgomery with Temple Grandin. Ages 9 and up.
http://goo.gl/iaw6Fk

"Sisterhood of the Spectrum: An Asperger Chick's Guide to Life" by Jennifer Cook O'Toole. For teens.
http://goo.gl/5efVXX

"Middle School - The Stuff Nobody Tells You About: A Teenage Girl with ASD Shares Her Experiences" by Haley Moss. For young teens.
http://goo.gl/iyFV0B

"Aspergirls: Empowering Females With Asperger Syndrome" by Rudy Simone. For teens/adults (with section addressed to parents in each chapter).
http://goo.gl/dqnkJ5

"Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life" by Cynthia Kim. Adults.
http://goo.gl/hvKGxV

FOR PARENTS/PROFESSIONALS:

"Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum: Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts" by Eileen Riley-Hall
http://goo.gl/Qr2kqt

"Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Solutions for Addressing Everyday Challenges" by Lori Ernsperger & Danielle Wendel
http://goo.gl/gGXa7e

"Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage Years" by Shana Nichols
http://goo.gl/IclpoI

Most of these books can be found via on line providers such as Book Depository (free shipping worldwide), Booktopia (Australia based), and Amazon, as well as autism-centric resource providers such as Resources at Hand (Australia). Aspie Girl: A Book for Young Girls with Autism Spectrum Conditions" by Danuta Bulhak-Paterson. Ages 5 & up.
http://www.booktopia.com.au/i-am.../prod9781849056342.html

"Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World" by Sy Montgomery with Temple Grandin. Ages 9 and up.
http://goo.gl/iaw6Fk

"Sisterhood of the Spectrum: An Asperger Chick's Guide to Life" by Jennifer Cook O'Toole. For teens.
http://goo.gl/5efVXX

"Middle School - The Stuff Nobody Tells You About: A Teenage Girl with ASD Shares Her Experiences" by Haley Moss. For young teens.
http://goo.gl/iyFV0B

"Aspergirls: Empowering Females With Asperger Syndrome" by Rudy Simone. For teens/adults (with section addressed to parents in each chapter).
http://goo.gl/dqnkJ5

"Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life" by Cynthia Kim. Adults.
http://goo.gl/hvKGxV

FOR PARENTS/PROFESSIONALS:

"Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum: Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts" by Eileen Riley-Hall
http://goo.gl/Qr2kqt

"Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Solutions for Addressing Everyday Challenges" by Lori Ernsperger & Danielle Wendel
http://goo.gl/gGXa7e

"Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage Years" by Shana Nichols
http://goo.gl/IclpoI

Most of these books can be found via on line providers such as Book Depository (free shipping worldwide), Booktopia (Australia based), and Amazon, as well as autism-centric resource providers such as Resources at Hand (Australia).

ARTICLES (not exhaustive by any means!)

“What It’s Like To Be A Girl With Asperger Syndrome,” written by world renowned Asperger’s expert, Tony Attwood (this is an outstanding piece, even though Tony is not autistic or a female!)
http://www.mindsandhearts.net/index.php/june-2013-newsletter/339-what-s-it-like-to-be-a-girl-with-asperger-s-syndrome

“Girls & Women On The Spectrum” by Dr Lori Ernsperger
http://www.amaze.org.au/girls-and-women-on-the-autism-spectrum/

“Are Girls With Autism Hiding In Plain Sight?” from the Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute
https://iancommunity.org/ssc/girls-autism-hiding-plain-sight

WATCH / LISTEN

From SBS’s “The Feed” (May 2015): “Girls With Autism Are Going Undiagnosed”
http://www.sbs.com.au/.../girls-autism-are-going-undiagnosed

From ABC’s Lateline (August 2014) “Girls Falling Through The Cracks”
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2014/s4062417.htm

“How Autism Freed Me To Be Myself,” an inspiring TED presentation by 16-year-old Rosie King:
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2014/s4062417.htm

“Conversations with Richard Fidler: Tony Attwood Discussing Girls and Women With Asperger’s” (February 2012):
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/02/02/3421377.htm