Recognizing Autism In Women And Girls
When It Has Been Hidden Well
Autism has long been considered a boys condition, but there is more to this story the truth is, autism looks different in women and girls. Theyre much better at masking their autistic characteristics.
How can we look behind the mask to recognize autism, when it has been so well camouflaged Recognizing Autism in Women and Girls: When It Has Been Hidden Well provides the perspective needed to see how autism manifests in gendered ways, allowing for a more accurate diagnosis.
In addition to describing each point in the diagnostic manual to include feminine presentations, Dr. Marsh has created Seven Fictional Female Figures whove been misdiagnosed because they also display symptoms of other similar conditions. She describes their behaviors, both obvious and hidden, from early childhood to adulthood, and demonstrates how these behaviors meet diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder.
TheBehind the Mask section provides helpful questions to ask during the autism assessment process to allow the professional to recognize autism, even when it has been successfully masked. In addition, each chapter contains In Her Own Words, written by autistic women who describe their personal journeys from masking to diagnosis, and what it means to them.