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Why are "experts" missing our girls on the autism spectrum?

By Maxine and Daniel

Text books tell us ASD is five times more prevalent in boys than girls. I never have been one to believe everything I read.

I keep meeting young women, new ASD diagnosis in hand, whose childhood stories read like sequels to 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest': they were medicated, hospitalized, removed from regular schools and placed in 'treatment' facilities, abused, bullied...but never diagnosed accurately. At least not with Asperger's/ASD.

Oh sure, they were told they had ADHD, ODD, OCD, GAD...and later, anorexia or bulimia. They cut themselves and starved themselves-- ...

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Girls and Autism: Missed Diagnosis Can Be a Nightmare.

By Maxine and Daniel

Text books tell us ASD is four to five times more prevalent in boys than girls. I never have been one to believe everything I read.
I keep meeting young women, new ASD diagnosis in hand, whose childhood stories read like sequels to 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest': they were medicated, hospitalized, removed from regular schools and placed in 'treatment' facilities, abused, bullied...but never diagnosed accurately. At least not with Asperger's/ASD.

Oh sure, they were told they had ADHD, ODD, OCD, GAD...and later, anorexia or bulimia. They cut themselves and ...

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Could you be an autistic woman?

By Maxine and Daniel

Mothers of kids with an autism spectrum diagnosis: can we talk?

Many of you confide that you suspect ASD in your spouse.

This is what I hear:

  • He can’t multi-task, has awkward social skills, and retreats to the computer or other special interest at every opportunity.
  • He doesn’t know to help when there is lots to do (ten people are coming for dinner in an hour, the house is an awful mess and he is waxing the desk in the basement office).
  • He is too tough on the kids or way too lenient with ...

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