Girls & Women on the Autistic Spectrum

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RC Knickmeyer et al
Are there behaviors that are seen in girls with Asperger's, but not in boys, that we haven't yet identified as part of the profile… or certain gender-related behavior that might fool us into ruling out the diagnosis?
Catherine Faherty
Clinic girls showed more extensive deficits both with respect to EF and theory of mind in spite of showing no more dramatic surface symptoms than clinic boys. Girls also showed a tendency to greater impairments on the Freedom from Distractibility factor
A. Nyden, Hjelmquist, Gillberg
She can hardly communicate, but about 12 years ago she was shown some poems by a friend - and suddenly began writing verse of her own. Their structure and depth amazed the doctors looking after her and impressed English academics.
British Broadcasting Corporation
Studies done on specific groups (autistic women, for example) show that they are more likely to remain in institutions for longer periods of time than men.
Marita Iglesias
I think it is more difficult for women to survive outside of neurotypical culture than it is males, and therefore they are more likely to be forced into adapting to it no matter how difficult or uncomfortable.
Suz
Kiriana Cowansage can run complex neuroscience experiments and sketch beautiful portraits. She melts at the sight of an animal, but she balks at the concept of love. Such paradoxes define women with Asperger's syndrome.
Psychology Today
Thousands of girls who suffer from a recognised medical condition are going untreated and branded as problem children because teachers and health experts are failing to spot their symptoms. Child psychologist Dr Svenny Kopp, a leading expert in the field of developmental disorders in children, has said that a lack of awareness of the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among girls is damaging the lives of an untold number of young people.
Scotsman
Girls with core autism deficits, similar or indeed identical to those seen in boys, may not have quite the same behavioural phenotype as the boys. The whole autism behavioural phenotype may – unwittingly – have become copied from typical male cases.
Svenny Kopp, Christopher Gillberg
By Baron-Cohen's account, autism is just an exaggerated version of the male profile—an extreme fondness for rule-based systems, coupled with an inability to intuit people's feelings and intentions.
Geoffrey Cowley
Mandy's Special Farm offers highest quality, long term, 24-hour care for a maximum six women with autism, to help these women achieve their greatest self-sufficiency, within a caring, structured, positive, purposeful, encouraging home-like atmosphere.
Blog by a woman with high-functioning autism, VATER association, a powerful love for cats, and a sometimes-overboard belief in disability advocacy.
Denise DeGraf
Links to homepages of families living with Rett Syndrome
Many girls with Asperger's Syndrome have the same profile of abilities as boys but a subtler or less severe expression of the characteristics.
Tony Attwood
PMS and other menstruation-related disorders can affect all women, but the symptoms are more difficult to interpret in women with autism, particularly those who have difficulty communicating their discomfort.
Margaret Kyrkou
Girls with PDD tend to have slightly lower IQs, demonstrate less proficiency in verbal and visual-spatial skills, and have a higher rate of abnormal EEGs and other indices of brain damage than boys.
Tristram Smith
A specialized support group for single women with a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome.
Usually with Asperger's, the boys get all the attention. However, one in five people with AS are women. My daughter and I are two of them.
Susan Shanfield
Dedicated to Women in the universe of autism everywhere: officially diagnosed or self-diagnosed, living independently or with supports, low or high functioning, aware of their AS or still searching for their truth.
Ava Ruth Baker et al

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