As a diagnosed “Aspie” who has filled her life with likeminded women, Craft brings an undeniably realistic perspective to women’s experience with autism – a perspective often underrepresented in the media and medical offices alike 1-3.
A checklist like this one begs the question: does autism manifest itself differently in men versus women? Some recent studies say yes1-3.
If you care for a woman, it’s important to understand how her experience might differ from what society has come to expect. Armed with this extensive list of questions, you may gain important insights into her world. Does she feel self-conscious that she thinks differently than her peers? Does she try to act like others to hide it? Does she shy away from conversations or instead overcompensate with verbosity?
Schedule some time to ask these important questions. You might be surprised to hear some of her answers. We hope that, with this information, you’re able to see her place on the spectrum a little differently. And that this new perspective eventually leads to new approaches to treatment, new therapies, language, and new ways of communicating for all of us.
Share what you’ve learned from your discussion in the comments below.
- Lai MC et al. Understanding autism in the light of sex/gender. Molecular Autism. 2015; 6(24): 1-5.
- Halladay A et al. Sex and gender differences in autism spectrum disorder: summarizing evidence gaps and identifying emerging areas of priority. Molecular Autism. 2015; 6(36): 1-5.
- Szalavitz M. Autism – it’s different for girls. Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/autism-it-s-different-in-girls/# (published March 1, 2016).