Are Women with Autism evading diagnosis?

7610_951923751503500_320725984406413306_n

“In the absence of significant intellectual or behavioral problems, girls with ASD-like traits are more likely than boys to evade a diagnosis of ASD.” Spectrum.

Academics, researchers and professionals’ need to stop using terms such as “evading diagnosis” and “masking symptoms” when discussing female Autism.

In essence, what they’re really discussing when they apply terms such as these, are their own inabilities to correctly identify Autism in women.

There is absolutely no value to be found in perpetuating the myth that women with Autism run around wilfully trying to avoid detection simply because professionals have become lackluster within the confines of  their own diagnostic processes.

As a woman with Autism I can tell you that we are not running around trying to avoid detection.

Nor are we, in our daily lives, actively striving to “evade” diagnosis.

In fact, we’d actually quite like it if all professionals developed the ability to recognize female Autism in girls sooner, faster, more adeptly and at a much younger age than say, oh I don’t know, 40.

Perhaps then, the facts that girls and women with Autism experience as many sensory and processing difficulties throughout their lives as boys and men with Autism do, can be openly acknowledged and understood by all.

Perhaps then, there wouldn’t be so many undiagnosed women trying to desperately figure out why they’ve always felt so awkward around other people and berating themselves for being so different.

Perhaps then, we’d also have seen more changes within the diagnostic process had the discussions surrounding female Autism focused less on our techniques of supposed evasion, and more on the inabilities of professional’s to accurately detect and diagnose female Autism in the first place.

No amount of double talk should detract us from the fact that improvements for women with Autism will only occur once the flaws in the area of diagnostic accuracy have been addressed.

Especially considering that we can’t technically diagnose ourselves, regardless of how thoroughly we research Autism or how deeply we ponder the prospect.

The only option left to us, it would seem, is to strive to change the parameters under which knowledge pertaining to Female Autism is currently being collected and constructed.

So it’s up to us to point academic researchers in the right direction when it comes to female Autism because apparently if we don’t, they’ll simply all keep listening to each-others bad ideas and encouraging each-other to see traits that aren’t really there whilst continuing to ignore those traits which really are.

This is a somewhat ironic state of affairs considering that we’re the ones who are supposed to lack the ability to see the bigger picture.

We’re also supposed to lack the capacity for self-awareness, yet all a researcher really needs to do these days, is type in the search terms ‘female + Autism + Blog’ and they’ll soon have all the evidence they need to confirm that we are indeed an extremely self-aware bunch.

 

How do you deal with uncomfortable comments?

Leave A Comment??????

Share With Me…..

Let Me Know What You Think…..

One thing I have noticed with blogging is that there are some bloggers who always seem to leave beautifully appropriate responses and others who seem to continuously attempt to challenge and in some cases denigrate the opinions or experiences expressed within original post.

Whilst I will always be open to genuine responses to my posts  that invite me to view my topics in a different light , I still find I have a problem with those  comments designed to hijack the overall intent of a post.

Especially when in doing  so  some individuals attempt to embed and reinforce their own individual views by insisting that their own didactic preferences are the only legitimate ways to properly discuss a topic.

I find that such responses make me feel incredibly uncomfortable and leave me wondering why on earth some commenter’s, who may feel strongly to the contrary regarding an issue I discuss, simply do not create a post of their own on the topic.

Rather than leaving me in a quandary as to whether or not I should approve their response or apply my own personal discretion and leave their responses un-aired?

The thing that bugs me about having to make such a decision is the knowledge that in choosing not to air another bloggers response I’m effectively censoring my blog.

This was an issue that I had never even considered when I first started blogging until it was brought home to me by the posting of a few comments that seemed either totally off track or sounded somewhere in the vicinity of hostile.

Now this may sound silly, but I simply did not know what to do with such comments when I first started.

Over time I’ve discovered that you can edit the responses of another and occasionally I will choose to do this if the response is primarily appropriate with a just a few potentially insulting words. On the whole though, I would prefer not to have to do this.

The other option of course is simply ‘trashing’ the comment all together. Once again this is another choice that makes me feel uncomfortable but I’ve decided that airing a comment that I myself find offensive serves no one.

Least of all me and it is my blog.

There are few enough spaces in this world where my wants and sense of propriety are taken into account. For me blogging allows a space in which to do this. If that means leaving out a few comments here and there, then I am willing to do this to maintain the integrity of my blog of as a whole.

Does anyone else out there in the blogosphere find it disturbing when faced with the dilemma of what to do with a blog comment that makes you feel comfortable?

How do you deal with it?