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Often Ignored, Misunderstood: Asperger’s Syndrome in Girls

Often Ignored, Misunderstood: Asperger’s Syndrome in Girls

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Asperger’s syndrome in girls is not often discussed. The spotlight is usually on the boys because boys are three times as likely to develop it than girls–but that leaves these girls in a grey area where they’re frequently ignored and left untreated. It’s actually been shown that asperger’s syndrome in girls is diagnosed an average of two years later than boys.

This can be chalked up to a lot of things, but one of them is a lack of studies centered around asperger’s syndrome in girls. This not only makes treatments less effective for girls, but it leads to many girls with asperger’s never even receiving treatment.

Additional challenges that come with being a girl

Girls and boys are different. They have different needs, different struggles, different drives, different hormones–they’re different. Yet a girl with asperger’s is often treated the same way as a boy with asperger’s. This can also be linked back to a lack of research into the special needs and behavior associated with asperger’s syndrome in girls.

Some differences include female friendships, menstruation, puberty, and romance–those are just the obvious ones. When you dig down into actual instinctual behaviors and brain chemistry, that’s where it gets even more complicated; but few have looked into that when it comes to asperger’s in girls.

A few studies have looked into the differences sex/gender make when it comes to autism and unsurprisingly found that boys act differently than girls when living with it. While the core issues may be the same, the way that they navigate them and portray their struggles can vary.

It has been theorized that girls may be better at hiding symptoms of asperger’s than boys. Neurotypical girls tend to be more subtle in behavior than boys, so researchers think this may be the case with asperger’s syndrome in girls, too. It’s obvious more studies need to research the differences between boys and girls when it comes to asperger’s (and autism, in general).   

Solstice East treats asperger’s syndrome in girls

Girls with asperger’s syndrome frequently struggle with self-harm, disordered eating, anxiety, depression, and many other issues. If you believe your daughter may be having issues such as these, it’s critical to seek out professional help as soon as possible.

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18. We understand the specific needs of troubled girls, which is why our program is centered solely on them. Our girls often grapple with depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, asperger’s syndrome in girls, and other emotional or behavioral problems when they come to us.

We strive to help students develop healthy habits and lead themselves back onto a path of success and happiness through meaningful therapy and a nurturing environment.

For more information about how we treat asperger’s syndrome in girls at Solstice East, please contact us at 828-484-9946.