Girls with Asperger’s may not be diagnosed because the syndrome looks different in girls, reports Newsweek.
Anyone who knows a boy with Asperger’s syndrome might tell you that the disorder (characterized by obsessive interests and an inability to connect with others) is impossible to miss. . . . Imagine, for example, a 7-year-old boy with encyclopedic knowledge of vacuum cleaners or oscillating fans but almost no friends or playmates.
Now, replace oscillating fans with something more conventional – say horses or books – and imagine a girl instead of a boy. A horse obsession, even one of frightening intensity, might fly under the radar.
Girls are more interested in fitting in than boys, says psychologist Elizabeth Roberts. “So they spend a lot of time studying other girls and trying to copy them.” But it becomes harder to do as girls reach adolescence; the social networks are too complex.