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Who Are We? Women, Autism, and Social Mimicry, Part I

Introduction

Recent events and some self-reflection have led me to ask some serious questions about women on the autism spectrum and the phenomenon of social mimicry. Throughout my life, I have found myself using “scripts” for social interactions – and what I mean by “scripts” are those habits, practices, and routines that I use within various situations. However, I have never found any of them to be natural and even as I have gotten older, nothing in this arena has become natural – these habits, practices, and routines still feel like “scripts”.

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Women, Autism, and Social Mimicry Survey

Greetings WWA Readers!

Despite recent events, I am carrying on with an effort to research the issue of women, autism, and social mimicry. As I have mentioned before, Dr. Tony Attwood suggests that women and girls on the spectrum have a tendency to attempt to fit in social by observing the accepted behaviors of their group or culture, and then imitating them. I am curious about this phenomenon of social mimicry amongst women on the spectrum and would like to find out how common this is.

I invite women on the autism spectrum (both officially diagnosed and self-diagnosed) to take my Polldaddy survey. It is a short, ten question survey intended, and both cis- and trans- women are invited to participate. Please click the link below to go to the survey (which will pop up in front of your browser window). If the button below does not work, you may link to the survey directly at: http://womanwithaspergers.polldaddy.com/s/new-survey.

Please pass this on to other autistic women! My goal is to find at least 100 to take the survey.

UPDATE: I’m keeping the survey open until midnight on December 10, 2011 to give more people a chance to take it. There’s been a rather large response to the survey — thanks to Autism Women’s Network, Autism Blogs Directory, The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, and Canddi on Facebook for helping to spread the word.

-Nicole

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