Autistic Men VS Women by Rhoda Wolfe

Rhoda Wolfe talks about how more men are diagnosed with Autism, and a possible reason why.


11 thoughts on “Autistic Men VS Women by Rhoda Wolfe”

  1. Great video. Thanks for sharing. I grew up with an extended family member with ADHD who got away with hyperactive activity like frantically flipping lightswtiches on and off or making rude comments. Laughter was heard along with “boys will be boys”. Very different story for an undiagnosed autistic girl who rocked vigorously in rocking chairs. My extended family members wanted to know what was “wrong” with me and could my mom please make me stop. Fortunately, she told them no.

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  2. Interesting video. It is good to see a more balanced point of view on these sensitive subjects (even if the title is basically like Men vs. Women, just within an Autistic context).

    I do agree on how sometimes we do tend to overthink some things and how the stereotypes society has formed come into play. It is a sad state of affairs, one I don’t think would be changed so easily. But, as long as people are educated, there is always some hope :).

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  3. I read a book on Aspergers that says women are harder to diagnose because they blend in better. Women will copy what they see and will have tons of barbies. So when first observed, young women (girls) will appear normal. Men tend to stand out because their characteristics from childhood are completely different from women. For me, everyone thought I was shy… until I started college and everything about me exploded out into the open. Suddenly I wasn’t the shy little girl who didn’t have friends. I was the woman with Aspergers who didn’t understand how to be like everyone else.

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    1. Than you for sharing your story. I was anything but shy when I was a child, to the point of trusting and talking to every strange who would listen. I was quite a talker, unfortunately most of what I had to say was pretty meaningless and one sided. As an adult, realizing that I do not fit in and that people always misunderstood my intentions, I’ve become more shy and reserved around new people. Also because I never understood my shortcomings growing up, they blasted me in the face as an adult.

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  4. I read a book once that said girls with Aspergers are harder to diagnose because they copy the girls around them. Boys are easier to diagnose because boys are completely different from girls and therefore struggle with copying other boys. Girls also tend to have a lot of barbies they don’t play with. For me, I was seen as the shy little girl with no friends who had completely different interests. I asked for barbies until I was in the 7th grade even though all I did with them was place them neatly on a shelf. Everyone made fun of me. I was the girl who believed in Santa Claus and
    “supposedly” played with barbies. By college everything about me exploded into the open and I became the woman with Aspergers that didn’t understand how to socialize. I had the University breathing down my back every moment of undergraduate school. Every move I made was questioned. College became so stressful that I chose to get my masters online to get away from campus life.

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    1. I was picked on growing up too… a lot. Now people do not pick on me because I am nice and keep to myself. The people in my life have no idea how much I am struggling to keep myself together. A full time job, that strongly encourages networking is making me crazy and pushing me to my limits.

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