Can you tell me more about Aspergers in girls and how they present and differ from boys?
Asperger’s in girls is a significantly different from that in boys. For a long time, girls were not as likely to receive the diagnosis of Autism or Asperger‘s Syndrome. Far more boys still receive the Autism diagnosis, leaving girls without as much support at school, and without as much help to cope with life. Here are a few of the distinct differences of symptoms and characteristics between boys and girls with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Asperger’s in Boys
- Single obsessive interests are more often observed in boys.
- Aggressive behavior and meltdowns due to frustration are very common in boys.
- Boys tease other boys with weaknesses rather than show support.
- Boys with Asperger’s are less likely to show emotion.
- Boys show less desire for friendships. The desire may be there under the surface, but it usually matches closely with ability.
- Boys are more likely to have major sensory and motor skills deficiencies.
- Overall, boys are more severely affected by Asperger’s than girls are.
Asperger’s in Girls
- Girls tend to have a wider variety of obsessive interests.
- Girls are more passive and less likely to show aggressive behaviors and meltdowns.
- Girls are more likely to support other girls despite their obvious weaknesses.
- Girls are more likely to imitate others’ emotions and social skills than boys are.
- Girls show more desire for friendships and social interactions.
- Girls are usually less affected by gross motor skills & sensory systems deficiencies.
- Overall, girls usually have milder symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome.
Of course, not all cases of Asperger’s in girls will follow these guidelines. Children with Asperger’s are individuals with their own specific strengths and weaknesses. There are girls with Asperger’s who are severely socially unable, who have tremendous sensory integration problems and very weak gross motor skills. However, the majority of girls with Asperger’s do present on the milder side of the spectrum.