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Female Autistic Traits

So, in my last post I talked about mimicking, and how it’s one of the common traits of female autistics that helps mask the fact that we’re autistic. A couple of days ago, my sister (the SLP one, not the teacher) found a post on Facebook that contained a wonderful poster/infographic (see below; designed by Karen Baker, a graphic designer in the UK) about the traits of autism in females, and shared it. The poster, Mrs Speechie P, also wrote the following:

This is such great information! We know girls are frequently missed, and this is often due to their ability to imitate others and mask their difficulties. It’s important to note that girls with autism will still have difficulty socializing- although it is difficult for non specialists (and frequently specialists too!) to recognize as it’s typically different than the way boys on the spectrum present. If you are concerned with your daughter or female student, talk to her teacher and ask how about how she interacts with peers, this might give you some good info!

Mrs Speechie P

Traits in Female Autism: A poster with some of the traits of female autistics that are different enough from male autistics to hide the fact that one is autistic.
Traits in Female Autistics: This is me!

As mentioned in the caption… this is me! So many things on this list fit with me exactly: very creative; exceptional vocabulary; interests include writing, animals, art, songs; imaginative; good at facts and figures; difficulty fitting in; problems with social cues; shy; wants friends; masks difficulties; depression; anxiety…. Yeah, this could be The Story Of My Life. (Even some of the ones I didn’t include in the list two sentences ago apply, or applied when I was younger but I’ve managed to control them to the point they’re not a huge issue, though if I’m stressed I need the rigid routines again….)

Some interesting takeaways here, that could hopefully help get more girls diagnosed earlier.

🙂 tagÂûght

By tagÂûght

I’m in my mid-thirties. I’ve lived in Canada all my life (Toronto and St. John’s), but I’ve travelled to Florida, Massachusetts, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and Costa Rica. I love airplane travel (as long as there are no noisy kids around me!). I’m proud to be Canadian (though Harper might end up changing that!).

I have ASD, aka Autism Spectrum Disorder. Strictly speaking, I’ve been diagnosed as having Aspergers, but (for Canada and the US, at least) that diagnosis is going to be melded with ASD as of May, with the publication of DSM V. Having ASD, and the job I do at the moment (see First Post), is why reading the blogs I mentioned above inspired me to start one of my own about my life in general.

Back in October, I got my driver’s license (as opposed to driving permit for learners) – after twenty years of effort and trying. A lot of thanks is due to my instructor, who has dealt with people with ASD before, and so knew how to teach me for the test (I was able to drive before, just not pass the test, due to anxiety and problems with multi-tasking).

I’m a fanatic writer of SF and Fantasy, both fanfiction and original, and I devour books as well.

I love animals, in particular cats, and I have a fascination with wolves, wild cats (including the big cats), orcas, and the physiology of cephalopods.

I love the wilderness – though I don’t really have the endurance (at the moment, at least) to go hiking or camping out.

And, rather importantly, I’m not someone who thinks about political correctness when it comes to vocabulary. I use what seems right when it seems right. That will include calling myself a person with ASD, or an Autistic, or an Aspie. I’m me; I can call myself what I want.

So, enough about me. Go read my posts – they’re more informative!

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