Girls with Aspergers

As a mum of a daughter recently diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, I found this video clip that has captured some of the challenges that my daughter is dealing with at the moment.

Even though April’s Autism Awareness month has now passed by, please take a moment and watch this short video for it highlights some of the difficulties specific to girls on the autistic spectrum.   

For my daughter and all the others like her, it is really important that we widen our debates on autism to include girls and women.  They deserve a happy and healthy future like everyone else rather than have a life defined by loneliness, isolation and mental health problems. 

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4 Responses to Girls with Aspergers

  1. Linda says:

    Inspirational blog, congratulations – you are doing an amazing job!

  2. Aspie in the family says:

    >Hi Lucewoman and thankyou for commenting. It is true what you say; just because someone wants to socialise it is assumed that they are not autistic. The other wrong assumption that I have come across is the view that because someone is with other children that that child is socialising. Yet it is the nature of the interaction and communication that needs to be observed and listened to rather than just observing them from afar in the playground.

    Hi Lizbeth. I agree plus a girls symptoms of ASD can be more subtle and hardly recognised or understood. But because they are subtle doesn't mean they are any less difficult for her than a boy who may show his ASD in a more expressive way such as my son.

  3. Lizbeth says:

    >I think it's harder to have a girl with the diagnosis simply because it's so associated with boys. Sigh, I wish that wasn't the case.

  4. LUCEWOMAN says:

    >You have highlighted a very important point. It is so easy to view Autism, (particularly Asperger's) as the 'extreme form of maleness' and think of it in terms of affecting only boys. One of the pupils I worked with, a female with Asperger's was totally misunderstood. Because she showed such a keen desire to socialise, her Asperger's diagnosis was often questioned by inexperienced staff and other parents (even though this is a key feature of classic Asperger's). Some staff would say "X shouldn't get away with that behaviour, she understands, I had a conversation with her earlier and she doesn't seem Autistic to me". 'That behaviour' would be something like hiding under the table when it was time to take a shower after swimming.

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