GIRLS on the Spectrum
Rough estimates suggest that the diagnosis ratio of boys to girls is 4:1, suggesting girls are far less
likely to have an Autistic Spectrum Condition.
BUT... the diagnostic tool was originally developed with the behaviour of boys in mind, our boys
classically where their hearts if their sleeves and display many more outward behaviours.
Girls are also often more socially motivated, putting higher priority on friends and relationships.
They are far better at masking and mimicking socially expected behaviours, until these expectations
become more complicated. They are better equipped to hide their sensory needs in social situations.
The behaviours our girls display are often quite different from those of boys, and frustratingly,
routinely they are the behaviours that don’t immediately attract attention from school staff or
professionals - the quiet disengaged student at the back doesn’t cause too much trouble.
There are times when our girls’ Autism can be misinterpreted and perceived as a mental health
condition, or high levels of anxiety.
So, parents and carers, you may know your little one is a pro masker, holding it together until they
are at home and in their safe place, with their safe people. You may know your girl, who may well be
very popular, doesn’t seem to understand the workings of her social circle and can’t develop her
friendships meaningfully. Please let professionals know, keep diaries so that you can describe the
behaviours you are seeing that we may not be and don’t be afraid to say that home-life is very
different from that in school.
Written by Vicky Brewer - Autism Consultant, Education Advisor & Specialist teacher - Qualified Solution Focused Practitioner &
Vicky now works with over 70% of our Sennies families on a private basis and trains new and seasoned Sennies weekly. The feedback from Families and Sennies has been incredible and we are extremely happy to be working with Vicky!!
Everyone within the Sennies community can book sessions with Vicky at a discounted rate due to our partnership! Please see below
Ø SENNIES offer - Family bespoke Session = £35 per session, 1 hr
Ø Bespoke Family Support Package - email email@example.com for a quote
Please get in touch with Sennies to book in a free 15 minute family consultation with Vicky to find out more or for free advise on a single topic you would like to address.
Autism Training Packages for our Sennies - Led by Vicky through Zoom
Ø Short Course £35 per Sennie , 1.5hrs
Ø Full Autism Awareness, including practical strategies to Support children and young people on the Spectrum, £65 per Sennie, 3hrs
Ø Group training £25 per Sennie, 1.5 hours (max 6 Sennies per session)
If you are currently looking for SEN Childcare please contact Georgia directly on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our low cost introductory service.