When doctors, parents, teachers, therapists, even television describe “typical” spectrum kids, without meaning to, they’re describing typically “male” spectrum traits — patterns first noticed by observing boys.
Having now appeared live before hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, I can say that I have never met a girl born before the mid-1990’s who was ever even considered for Asperger diagnosis. Female and Asperger Syndrome just weren’t tagged in the same stories.
But. When gender-blind and/or gender-inclusive assessment are applied, the identification rate goes from 8:1 male-to-female….to 1:1. Which is why Jennifer assembled and published the “Checklist Checklist” (in The Sisterhood of the Spectrum) and is sharing it here, for FREE. In it, YOU MAY RECOGNIZE YOURSELF (and some other Awesome Chicks), too.