January 15, 2010

Our Invisible Girls - Girls and Autism

In a recent conversation with Karen E. Rodman, Director and Founder of FAAS - Families of Adults Affected with Asperger's Syndrome, I learned about the invisible world of girls and Autism.  Like most of the population and in spite of my clinical training, I too was led to believe the Autism was twice as prevelant in boys than girls.  Well, I was shocked at learning that not only may this not be the case, but the reasons that Autism in underdiagnosed in girls is due to social expectations and constructions of gender.

This November 13, 2008 Newsweek article sheds some light on why girls with Asperger's syndrome may not get diagnosed.  This is a fascinating look! Share your thoughts and experiences with us!   

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