It's no secret that more males than females are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Evidence shows that there are differing behaviors between autistic males and females. Some feel the diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders, the DSM IV has neglected to address this important issue. The theory of autism being a form of an "extreme male brain" may be at work as well—and not always to the advantage of us unique and varied autistic ladies!
When people question if autism is really different in females than it is in males, I find myself thrown back into a nice neat square box from which it seems there is no escape.
Researchers will Investigate the Poorly Understood Nature of ASD in Females
Nine grantees receive research funding over next five years
"Kevin Pelphrey, Ph.D. (Yale University, New Haven, Conn.)—A team of researchers from Yale, UCLA, Harvard, and the University of Washington will investigate the poorly understood nature of ASD in females. The project will study a larger sample of girls with autism than has been studied previously, and will focus on genes, brain function, and behavior throughout childhood and adolescence...
Women with Asperger Syndrome: Staying Healthy and Safe
Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 9:15AM to 12:00PM Eastern Time, USA
AANE Main Office
51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
In sharing her inspiring story, Professor Liane Holliday Willey makes it clear that it is possibile to not only survive- but thrive. Addressing the trials and tribulations women with AS face that can endanger their happiness, self-esteem, and quality of life, Liane speaks from personal experience with predators, self-injury, depression, and anger. Sponsored by the Pomroy Foundation.
Girls and Women with an ASD, Contribute to Our New Book!
A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum
Written by Shana Nichols, PhD
Happy holidays and happy New Year everyone!
I am the lead author of the book Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum, which many of you are familiar with, in part because of your contributions of your experiences to the book. Again, thank you! I am currently writing a companion book for pre-teen and teen girls themselves to read titled A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum. My co-author, Brigid Rankowski, is a college student with AS. This book is under contract with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and at this time we are looking for short contributions from girls and women.
If you (as an adult on the spectrum), or your daughter would be interested in sharing an experience, or advice related to growing up as a female with an ASD, I would love to hear from you. We are looking for 50-200 word narratives about any topic related to growing up. Some examples include: