Females on the Autism Spectrum

My Behavioral Traits

Less prone to act out physically or aggressively

Observes human behavior, learning to mask difficulties

Stimming behaviors, such as hand flapping, rocking, or spinning can appear much milder. They can also be internalized thoughts instead of external behaviors

May apologize and appease when they make a social error

Often more socially aware and driven

My Communication Traits

More aware of the need for social interaction

May have an exceptional vocabulary

Tends to mimic rather than providing natural responses

Seems to struggle with non-verbal aspects of communication, such as body language and tone of voice

May use odd inflection

Appears to have difficulty dealing with unexpected verbal responses

More able to follow social actions through observation

My Social Traits:

Often shows empathy and compassion, but may be confused by non-verbal social signals.

For a woman on the Autism Spectrum, I am very social. I was always surrounded by other kids in school. However, I was the listener in every conversation. I respond the best way I can. Yes I was taunted, but being around those who accepted me made school worth attending.

3 thoughts on “Females on the Autism Spectrum

  1. I love it! Shows empathy, but confused by social signals…..yes! People sometimes confuse empathy with the ability to read a given social situation correctly. Yes, these can be 2 different skill sets. There are advantages to being a good listener. I love the blossom background on this page. Crabapples, maybe? They’re lovely.

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    1. Thank you so much! A Crabapple background sounds good. I will take that into consideration when I update my blog πŸ™‚ I experience struggles with social signals daily, especially at work. However, empathy is my strong suit.

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