Today I want to mention one of the expert writers at the
Aspiration-elle monthly newsletter.
Tania Marshall is a psychologist and author.
She wrote the #1 best-selling book “I Am AspienGirl: The Unique
Characteristics, Traits and Gifts of Females on the Autism
(and is currently completing the follow up “I am AspienWoman:
The Unique Characteristics, Traits and Gifts of Adult Females on
the Autism Spectrum”.)
So she really knows her stuff on the subject of girls and women with
You can find out more about the books – and Tania herself – at
In the first edition of Aspiration-elle she talked about the
differences between girls and boys with Asperger’s.
Here’s a sample of what she shared:
“Females tend to show better social behaviours than boys.
For example, many girls can and do make eye contact, can make
Although they do tend to have one best friend and maintaining
multiple friendships can be challenging with bullying in
secondary/high school very common.
They can engage in socially expressive behaviours such as
conversation that is reciprocal, include shared interests,
imagination, a better ability and understanding of the use of
both nonverbal body language and verbal communication.
Girls tend to have more ability to adjust their behaviours to
the context of a situation, often have a great imagination, and
engage in similar interests however there is more intensity than
Whereas boys may be out rightly rejected by their peers, girls
may not be noticed or they may be “mothered”.
From very early on girls may learn to take on a role by
mimicking, imitating and copying others, including accents.
They have a tendency to be exhausted by being around other
people (or as I like to call it a “social hangover”)”.
More details on Tania and her work at her website: http://www.aspiengirl.com
To understanding girls with Asperger’s,
PS You can read Tania’s Aspiration-elle monthly column at