As one great autism event (#TaketheMaskOff) ends, another important one begins: #GirlsCanBeAutisticToo. Week 1 focused on Barriers to Diagnosis, and there are so many for girls and women!
Societal expectations of girls are different, and autistic girls are better at masking and blending in socially. Our special interests are generally more accepted, and our sensory sensitivities are often more subtle.
In general, autistic girls may look more “put together” on the outside, while on the inside, they’re falling apart. Anxiety can be hard to spot, or hard for others to believe.
When I sought out a diagnosis, I personally wrote a 16-page report documenting my autistic traits, but not everyone can do that – especially not young girls! We need to get better at diagnosing autistic girls!
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