Aspergers in Girls - A Specialist Subject!

Aspergers in girls has always been diagnosed significantly less than in boys. This has led to girls and their parents being comparatively short-changed when it comes to advice and information. There is now thankfully more information coming out, but it's still a pretty under-researched area. Girls have many different factors to contend with than boys. For example the way that girls make relationships, how they view the world, what happens in their bodies and how their brains are made up all differ significantly from boys.  

This department is an ongoing project within the site to bring the best and most recent information about Aspergers in girls. So that parents can find useful sources of information, as and when they need them, in order to help them offer even better support for your daughter.

My 17 yo Aspie daughter has absolutely no ambition--how do I motivate her to live life? My 17 yo Aspie daughter has absolutely no ambition--how do I motivate her to live life?
Motivation is something that is hard for some kids to get going in their lives. A part of the reason may be that they are unsure of themselves and do not exactly know how to express these feelings to others in a way that can be understood easily. Good parents like you identify this issue and try to find a solution. The following are tips that can help you get your daughter motivated: keep reading

What is the best way to help my teen accept their diagnosis and see it as positive? What is the best way to help my teen accept their diagnosis and see it as positive?
An Asperger's diagnosis should never be seen as negative. Those with Asperger's are extremely special and talented in ways that others cannot even imagine. There are tons of resources that you can use to help your teen gain a better understanding of what it means to be a teen with Asperger's so that he or she can begin to see Asperger's in a positive light. keep reading

How can I get my daughter to accept that she has Asperger's? How can I get my daughter to accept that she has Asperger's?
A diagnosis of Asperger's can be very hard for anyone to accept. Your daughter may be experiencing a great number of emotions that she is not sure how to handle. Give her some time and she will learn to accept the diagnosis and see the beauty of her abilities and not her deficits. The following are ways to get your daughter to accept her Asperger's: keep reading

Aspergers in Girls - How do I get daughter with Aspergers to accept help? Aspergers in Girls - How do I get daughter with Aspergers to accept help?
Getting your child to accept help is difficult for any parent, but can be especially problematic for the parent of a child with Aspergers keep reading

Aspergers in Girls - I have a 14-year-old granddaughter who has Asperger's syndrome.  She is very intelligent and capable but hates school.  She also has ADD (not hyperactivity).  Her last year helper was terrible and made things so much worse.  She did really well on her yearly achievement test but the teacher read the questions to her.   My question is:  What is the responsibility of the school?  I just don't think they are helping her in the ways she needs help.   What should her parents do? Aspergers in Girls - I have a 14-year-old granddaughter who has Asperger's syndrome. She is very intelligent and capable but hates school. She also has ADD (not hyperactivity). Her last year helper was terrible and made things so much worse. She did really well on her yearly achievement test but the teacher read the questions to her. My question is: What is the responsibility of the school? I just don't think they are helping her in the ways she needs help. What should her parents do?
Your granddaughter struggles with Asperger's as well as ADD and the combination of these two factors can make school a difficult place for her to function well. Her parents need to meet with the school administration and her teachers and come up with a plan of accommodations for your granddaughter that can help her succeed in the classroom. keep reading

Aspergers in Girls - I have an issue with your Asperger's tips, they are all geared to boys and the girls present very different symptoms in a lot of areas, especially at school.  My 12 yr old tries to participate and when the teacher responds negatively or worse with sarcasm, she either gets really upset or shuts down.  She tries to interact socially, but 'trips over her own tongue' and will say things to really upset her peers.  Can you help? Aspergers in Girls - I have an issue with your Asperger's tips, they are all geared to boys and the girls present very different symptoms in a lot of areas, especially at school. My 12 yr old tries to participate and when the teacher responds negatively or worse with sarcasm, she either gets really upset or shuts down. She tries to interact socially, but 'trips over her own tongue' and will say things to really upset her peers. Can you help?
Boys and girls do present Asperger's symptoms differently, and have a different rate of diagnosis. According to the Asperger's Foundation (www.aspergersfoundation.org.uk), Asperger's is diagnosed in four boys to every one girl. It is thought that Asperger's affects children at a rate of ten boys to one girl. keep reading

Aspergers in Girls - My daughter won't take care of self care issues or wear a bra.  She is now a teenager.  What should I do? Aspergers in Girls - My daughter won't take care of self care issues or wear a bra. She is now a teenager. What should I do?
Problems with personal hygiene are very common with teenagers who have Asperger's. No one knows exactly why, but they may feel that refusing to bathe, wear clean clothes, and maintain good personal hygiene gives them control over their own lives. Or they may avoid these tasks because ... keep reading

My daughter with Asperger's will not take personal responsibility for her actions; she's now 18 so what can I do? My daughter with Asperger's will not take personal responsibility for her actions; she's now 18 so what can I do?
Even though your daughter is 18, emotionally she may be anywhere from 12 to 15 years old. She acts irresponsibly because she is functioning at 13 or 14! She will continue to mature as time passes and may catch up by the time she is 25 or so. If your daughter still lives with you, she is not an adult and you still have the responsibility of ... keep reading

Aspergers in Girls - Teaching my daughter "right and wrong" Aspergers in Girls - Teaching my daughter "right and wrong"
My daughter goes to school and tells them everything (a dear friend of mine is an aide in her room)I try to explain to her that some things are not other people business, may be private or that they most likely would not be interested. But just when I think I may have gotten through to her she will then ask "is it okay to tell them if we bought a new stove?" keep reading