By Tony Attwood

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A girl with Asperger’s syndrome is less likely to be ‘fickle’ or ‘bitchy’ in friendships in comparison to other girls, and is more likely than boys to develop a close friendship with someone who demonstrates a maternal attachment to this socially naïve but ‘safe’ girl. These characteristics reduce the likelihood of being identified as having one of the main diagnostic criteria for Asperger’s syndrome, namely a failure to develop peer relationships. With girls, it is not a failure but a qualitative difference in this ability.

In clinical practice, a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome is made if the social impairment criterion is met along with at least four of the five other criteria (Gillberg 2002). In 1993, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the tenth edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), and in 1994, the American Psychiatric Association published the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). For the first time, both diagnostic textbooks included Asperger’s syndrome, or to be more precise Asperger’s disorder, as one of several Pervasive Developmental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association 1994; World Health Organization 1993).

This can range from help with problems with dexterity affecting activities such as using cutlery, to reminders regarding personal hygiene and dress sense, and encouragement with planning and time-management skills. When parents complete a standardized assessment of self-care skills and adaptive functioning, such abilities in children with Asperger’s syndrome are below the level expected for their age and intellectual ability (Smyrnios 2002). Clinicians have also recognized significant problems with adaptive behaviour, especially with regard to anger management, anxiety and depression (Attwood 2003a).

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