April is Autism Awareness month. I’d like to see more awareness that girls get autism too. Thanks to DS Walker for the inspiration. Some think that girls with autism are under diagnosed. This seems likely to me, I wonder if we will see more females with autism in the coming years. I know a few, but the boys do outnumber them.
I know that most of the therapists we have worked with, especially the ABA therapists have mostly worked with boys. In many ways I think that works to R.’s advantage.
As she gets older R. becomes more girly, I don’t think I’m overly encouraging this. She is naturally gravitating towards pink and purple. When she does initiate with people she acts like a girl, she’ll smile shyly and approach quietly. We’ve been lucky so far in preschool there have been one or two other girls in her class. I wonder if there will come a time when she is the only girl in her class. How will that impact her?
There are many bloggers writing about their daughters with autism. I’ll try to mention a few of them that I read.
Here are a couple of sites specifically for women with autism
Since most of the reports and studies seem to only have male participants, I did a little searching for ones that featured females.
Sex differences in the evaluation and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders among children.
CONCLUSIONS: Girls, especially those without cognitive impairment, may be formally identified at a later age than boys. This may delay referral for early intervention. Community education efforts should alert clinicians and parents to the potential of ASDs in boys and girls.
Here are some details from a presentation given by Lori Ernsperger and Danielle Wendel, authors of: Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Solutions for Addressing Everyday Challenges.
Here is an interesting theory about how females are more likely to suffer from right brain caetextia than males. They feel that this is an unrecognized type of Aspergers Syndrome.