In the months since advertising for participants in my research for The Hidden Diffability, I have been contacted by many parents of young boys, happy to share stories of their son's diagnosis and experiences. But where are the girls?
Research tells us there are girls with Aspergers Syndrome out there; as many as 1 to every 4 boys diagnosed. But the different ways in which they display or experience AS, and the bias towards the way boys present within the diagnostic criteria, means they may be slipping though the cracks, and missing out on valuable coaching and support.
A very interesting article explaining the reasons for this can be found at www.yourlittleprofessor.com/girls.html
Asperger's and Girls, by Tony Attwood, Temple Grandin, Teresa Bolick and others, published 2006 by Future Horizons is also well worth reading.
If you have a daughter with AS, or have AS yourself, I'd love to talk with you about your experiences as an Aspie girl. You can email me via the link in the Navigation menu to your right. All discussions will remain strictly confidential.