I think I'll start by answering that question, based on anecdotal evidence from my non-statistically significant sample of one, who's been chronicled here for nearly two years:
- more curiosity
- and even more curiosity
- surprises and more surprises
- thoughtful concern
- rage (see also, anxiety)
- desire and longing
In short, little (autistic) girls are so much like the rest of us as to be very certainly human. [Read uncharacteristic sarcasm here.]
Don't get me wrong. I'm thrilled that the paper of record has devoted a feature article to the problems of girls on the spectrum. I am. I really am.
But I loathe the use of a single study of outcomes for autistic women where the sample is so tiny (not much bigger than my sample of one) to make dire predictions regarding the outcomes for autistic girls. I was especially amused at the really dire terrifying outcome — autistic girls are unlikely to marry! Wow, maybe autistic women are onto something that neurotypicals tend to overlook – that marriage isn't usually such a great deal for women.
The article's strong point: demonstrating why diagnostic ambiguity so frequently plagues family's with girls on the spectrum and showing just how heterogeneous the autism spectrum has become.
More on this article in the days to come . . .
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