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I've been here since 2004 and only last October in 2008 did I get to hear for the first time about Asperger's Syndrome.

Ever since I've been reading about it, from the web and even some books. Recently I've finished reading "Look me in the Eye" by John Elder Robison .
It's like I've been given a mirror and the more I read the more I understand myself and understand the things that I am not aware of too.

Currently the stats say that 1 out of 150 people have Autism Spectrum Disorder, and that for every 4 boys with it there is a girl who also has ASD. Making that to be 20% of Aspies to be girls.

So in total, 1 out of 750 girls has ASD

Update me with stats

I haven't been diagnosed just yet, I soon will be, but will keep you guys updated on it.
I don't get sarcasm, or I read sarcasm when there isn't any, or I could sound sarcastic when I really am not trying to be. My sense of humor is a bit off, some other general things I can't seem to grasp the concept either.
But mostly what one could see from what I write is that my head goes everywhere and it wanders from train of thought to train of thought and ending up on something completely off topic.


So if you haven't heard about Asperger's yet, I recommend you get this information from descriptions of personal experiences and books by people like Temple Grandin.
(I pronounce it with a soft G)

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Kote-417 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  New member Student General Artist
I have Asperger's, and I'm a girl.
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VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am also a female with Aspergers. I didn't understand the numbers on the stamp until I read the description (although I had a feeling it had something to do with the fact that less girls have it than boys...I just didn't know the exact numbers)
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student General Artist
You may note that this stamp has been around for a while... the numbers are ratios of aspies in girls, but it's been some time and the statistics keep getting reevaluated, so it's not as accurate as before. I need to update this stamp and wipe the numbers. It will be good to update.
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VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah well...Even so, so it still works fine IMO.  Either way. :)
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millicent117 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student
Does being a high fucntioning autistic count too? :-P
And i’m am sure that ratio is lower, us ladies get forgotten about in reasearch and people simply can’t diagnose us as easily, though maybe we’re just too awesome to be so easily found :-P
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student General Artist
I've been meaning to update this since it has been a few years now that I had made it. The normal ration is already increased.

What's more important is that we be ourselves. Yes these are our brains, but they are what make us the way we are. Not everyone needs a diagnosis, but everyone should learn more about themselves in order to understand and find how they can be happy.
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MoonNight7 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
We've got the power! Except I don't think it's real.

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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
but it is a disorder, not because of the generally common issues of not being social, that is only a side effect from the condition that the brain is under.
how it is a disorder is how the substantial amount of bridging matter in the brain in focused parts of the brain causes the brain to be lacking in other areas, making certain people considerably weak in certain areas. Brain scans provide the scientific evidence for this. Each person is different and have different strengths/weaknesses depending on the brain development. They can be strongly advanced in one area but sorely lacking in others
Being anti-social is a preference that anyone can have, but lacking in understanding required to decipher the complicated subtleties of average social interaction is the key difference between anti-social and socially awkward. This does not mean that people with asperger's can't socialize, it is simply that they have a relatively easier time socializing with their peers of common interest.
Autism is a real thing and you can see the effect on individuals because of how it affects them physically, but these are the strong cases of autism whereas asperger's syndrome is but halfway into the autistic spectrum, spreading across with different intensities.
Having a proper diagnosis enables for each individual affected on the spectrum to face their weaknesses, cope with common issues such as stress, anxiety and/or depression, persist and achieve when they have been told a hundred times that they don't belong or that they won't graduate. Asperger's is not an excuse for bad behavior, but rather the reason to accept being corrected, because sometimes it really needs to be confronted bluntly. Understanding the problem is the first step to getting help and applying alternate learning methods.

Your theory has no scientific statistics to found your argument on.
here is some science for you :meow: www.livescience.com/38630-auti…
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MoonNight7 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
High intelligence is strongly correlated with social awkwardness(not to be confused with social disability) and evolutionarily novel traits. You may be unable to describe the difference between Asperger's and above-average to high intellect.

Furthermore, proof of neurodiversity is not enough evidence to convince me autism is real.
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
the brain IS the proof
"Studies of people with ASD have found irregularities in several regions of the brain.  Other studies suggest that people with ASD have abnormal levels of serotonin or other neurotransmitters in the brain.  These abnormalities suggest that ASD could result from the disruption of normal brain development early in fetal development caused by defects in genes that control brain growth and that regulate how brain cells communicate with each other, possibly due to the influence of environmental factors on gene function." www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/au…
a fantastic expert in the field is Temple Grandin. a great TED talk from her www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn_9f5… lots of evidence and great explination.
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MoonNight7 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I'd hate to annoy further though, so I'd be alright if you ignored me. I don't want to impose on other people's beliefs.
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manoelita Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
we v'got the power!
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rababco Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I also have ADHD and I'm a girl so take that statistics!
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rababco Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My dad thinks I have Asperger's, I've done a lot of research on it and it sound like me in a lot of ways but there are some ways I'm not. The problem with autism is that it's so different for everyone and so it can be hard to notice and people might just be seen as "weird". There's also High-Functioning Autism which isn't as well-known. When I was a teenager, I think I saw something about autism and I asked by dad denied I could have it. :facepalm: I guess he thought all autistic people were really severe and couldn't learn or act properly (which is rarely the case, guess it just goes to show the stigma autism often gets.) Maybe I'm just really weird and there's not even a title, besides what's the point if they can't give you medication or anything and it's a little too late for treatment don't you think? Unfortunately it also bugs me because I have this need to have answers to my questions, just like my weird thoughts.
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student General Artist
There is significant indicators that mark a person as autistic. It has not to do with learning, much learning can be acquired, it all has to do with how the brain is developed. Those who are diagnosed as autistic and not just high functioning autistic or further in the spectrum towards Asperger's are easily distinguished by physical issues such as problems with motor skills. Those who are not autistic but are on the spectrum can appear as functional as any neurotypical and their traits show only to those who know or understand them, most other people would just think that there is something odd going on.
Asperger's Syndrome is like the middle ground of neurotypical to autism and it varies greatly from person to person who has it, they have special brains, but don't have the physical issues that those with autism have. Treatment is as different as each person is different. I had lived with my issues not knowing them and never having any prescriptions. I have to learn what my issues are, what I can overcome and how I can get around things.

If you want information, read up on Temple Grandin who has some vast knowledge and understanding about the matter of the spectrum. If you seek answers, get a diagnosis from a specialist. It's best to have a diagnosis from a proper evaluator and not just assume you may have something.

Knowing that I have the condition I find has served well in understanding myself and understanding how I can improve myself. I am becoming more aware of my behaviors and I have learned how to address others about this condition. Most importantly, when knowing you have the condition (not just assuming) you need to be aware that you need to be corrected and accept it when you do get corrected. Social skills need to be practiced, even if it seems difficult and even if attempts are failing, it is important to keep up learning how to interact with people. Life will continue to be a learning experience and things get better with time, such as humour and conversations.

There is no "curing" for autistic spectrum disorder, there is conditioning and adapting. A specially wired brain cannot be re-wired to function like that of a neurotypical, but you can exercise the skills you are weak in just as you can exercise anything you want to be better at.
I have special needs and I needed to learn how to get help. I've been doing better at it now.

It would be best if you can get your diagnosis done before you get too deep into the reading about the condition so that you can present an uninfluenced and natural behavior that the specialist can see for themselves.
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MoonNight7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
As a diagnosed autistic(who also happens to think autism isn't real), I don't think my brain is differently wired. Everyone's brain is wired differently.
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
perhaps you don't like having the label which would rationalize why you'd go saying you don't think it's real.
Science has provided the evidence relating autism to the lack of mirror neurons www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16… Recent developments and discoveries within the area of learning disabilities has been fascinating and there is so much to read.
Science is awesome :meow:
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MoonNight7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
People with Asperger's tend to say autism is not real, more so than people with medium to severe autism. The notable difference is intelligence, so I can insinuate saying autism-doesn't-exist is correlated with intelligence.

Food chain below:
Stance: autistics are faking < autism is real < autism doesn't exist
-------------------dumb-----------dumb to smart--------very smart------

A convervative Christian may say autism isn't real claiming they're faking, whereas someone who studies science will say autism is real, but among those who study science one may have higher conceptual logic than the others and know autism doesn't exist. It's kinda weird the way it works.
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
no, none of that made any sense, you hadn't made reference to any publicized statistics or facts. The "concept" you presented is quite illogical since intelligence can't be measured in a straight line, it is relative according to society and various academic fields. Level of Intelligence does not determine where one could be situated on the spectrum.

I really don't grasp what you are trying to say and I just get the impression you're simply upset with having received such a diagnosis or labeling. If you really don't think you're autistic, then you can get a second opinion and do some research.
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MoonNight7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
I meet all the diagnostic criteria and think I was properly diagnosed with a nonexistant disorder.
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student General Artist
did someone make you take the assessment? or was the person who gave you the diagnosis not a professional in the field? do you feel that having the diagnosis has worsened your quality of life?
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mermaya Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Hi! I'm also think that I'm an Aspie...
Really great stamp :)
Greetings!
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
If you only think that you are on the spectrum, getting a proper certification will help in adapting with society. Not so much as in what the paper helps you with, but the guidance in understanding what is going on with yourself is what it will help with most.
Many of the youth today have had their lives already touched by the awareness of this condition and have already gotten use to receiving assistance and knowing what kind of assistance they need. As for myself, it is so hard to break from my "self-reliant" methods which may have caused more hindrance than I may have likely believed. We are not alone, all we have to do is reach out for help. I still have difficulty in learning which help would be effective for me. But as I always say "it gets better with time"
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mermaya Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Yeah, I thought about diagnosis. But I'm not sure if I dare to go to the diagnostician (I have a social phobia).
I found a forum for Aspies where people are like me - thanks to them I can talk with them (so far only virtual - they sometimes come together, but I'm too afraid to do it) and I do not feel such a freak.
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
exercising your social skills will be important to adapting with society and it will take time. Take what opportunity you can and especially with special interest groups you would be keen for. Get to learn how you are, I've had to inform some teachers about my condition and that it wouldn't be insulting for them to interject if I talk too much or that if I don't seem to understand something that I need to be approached with the matter bluntly.
I still recommend you get the diagnostic done and that doesn't have to occur today, it can occur when you are ready, because it is better to have the diagnostic than just say you have it cause you diagnosed yourself.
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mermaya Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
I try to correct my social skills but It's quite difficult for me. Until recently I really wanted to change myself, to become more sociable but now I know that I am who I am and some things will never change.
By the fact that I found out what the Asperger's Syndrome is, I think that I accept myself more.
I don't want to talk about AS anyone from teachers, and so in April I am finishing school (I'm 18).
In Poland there are not too many good specialists from Asperger's Syndrome. (especially with regard to adults).
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student General Artist
things do change and things do improve. It is because you are aware you may have this condition that you should know you need to work on it and having the condition isn't an excuse to give up on trying.

Even if it's hard and things just don't seem to progress, just keep on trying. There is progress and it can be slow, but with time it does get better.
There will be some new changes in your life and you may not be able to deal with it all very well. So even if there isn't any specialist in town, it would still be good to speak with a councilor so that you can keep track of your life. Even having a mentor would be of great help.

My hubby confirms that it is also relatively new information in Poland so indeed it may be difficult to find a specialist.
I am still in university myself, it has been troubling and I've had my difficulties, among which is learning how to get help and what kind of help I need.

The job world over there from what I've witnessed is very reliant on personal networking, which is all the more vital to exercise your social skills.
Don't give up, especially when things are hard because the accomplishment will be well worth it.
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ShellyCake Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I am so happy to find a female Asperger Syndrome stamp/
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Catthylove Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I'm an Aspie and a female. Because of some of the things society thinks girls should think act and behave, I've had problems. Mainly with making friends and communication. It got worse as I got older. I have some other problems that can come with AS (look it up on Wikipedia) like Anxiety problems and I had depression for a time, but I'm fine now.

You're not alone, girls.
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
it gets better with time :meow:
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Catthylove Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, it does.
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MidnightIris77 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was eventually diagnosed when I was 23, I'm one of the 1 in 5 females that have this condition. Proud aspie girl :D
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AngelOfMusick Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I am a aspie girl and we aspie girls rook!
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CandySkitty Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll use that, I'm aspie girl and it's diagnosed when I was under a year old.
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Lizlovestoons12 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I've heard of Temple Grandin! I'm also an Aspie!
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Do a bit of reading from her books. Being more aware of the condition does help a lot.
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Lizlovestoons12 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I did see the movie based on her life; well, an hour, anyway.
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GoldenDogGodess Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
YAY! Me and my sister aren't alone! x3
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ThePoeticPaladin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
>self diagnosed Aspie

Never heard that one before.
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
hadn't read that either, who said that?
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ThePoeticPaladin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You.
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Where did I say that? I did a word find and saw no match other than this quote you brought up. I was never self diagnosed :/ My teacher brought it up to me and I got assessed by a certified psychologist that specialized in this area.
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ThePoeticPaladin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Self-diagnosed aspie's rarely use wording so honest. I read the description, though.
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
"Self-diagnosed aspie's rarely use wording so honest"
meaning my wording was honest? thus honest wording =/= Self-Diagnosed Aspie.
If you find my wording to be honest, that's because it is honest. Funny thing that honesty is a common trait among those on the autistic spectrum.

So would I be correct in reading from what you say is that you have corrected your original assumption that apparently I had said I was self-diagnosed without using the actual wording that would be quotable?

Self-diagnosing isn't recommended. Reading and testing for "self-diagnosis" should only be considered as an aid in understanding. Self-Diagnosis isn't certified and it cannot be properly filed or declared. The paper work can be useful but only if I seek out the proper aid that is best for me during my studies. At this point I still need to narrow down what help I need since I am relatively new to it and I have grow up with the stubbornness to do things on my own.

So instead of making assumptions, you could simply ASK about it. It never hurts to ask. And it's not like I'd have any reason to lie.
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ThePoeticPaladin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You misunderstand. Self-diagnosed aspies are rarely honest enough to term themselves as self-diagnosed. Such as yourself: You lack the honesty to say that you are self-diagnosed, instead wording it as "Ever since I've been reading about it, from the web and even some books. Recently I've finished reading "Look me in the Eye" by John Elder Robison .
It's like I've been given a mirror and the more I read the more I understand myself and understand the things that I am not aware of too ... I haven't been diagnosed just yet, I soon will be ... I don't get sarcasm, or I read sarcasm when there isn't any, or I could sound sarcastic when I really am not trying to be. My sense of humor is a bit off, some other general things I can't seem to grasp the concept either ... But mostly what one could see from what I write is that my head goes everywhere and it wanders from train of thought to train of thought and ending up on something completely off topic."

You're self-diagnosed. I don't find your wording "honest". I find it asinine.

>"it's not like I'd have any reason to lie."

I can name at least one reason.
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Dude, I just told you that I got a certified diagnosis (which was only a month after this deviation was posted). I didn't stumble into the Autistic spectrum, it was brought in light to me because I never knew about it before. Knowing that I have this have made my life better because I am learning about it all. Reading about it to acquire a better understanding of myself is not a self-diagnosis.
How could I learn how to correct myself if I don't read up about it.

I am insulted that you call me dishonest.
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I was actually just recently diagnosed with Asperger's (after seventeen years of not knowing what was wrong with me) and I'm the only girl with Asperger's that my psychiatrist has ever met. And I think that's one of the main reasons my doctor didn't take my mom seriously when she mentioned something about it when I was two... since I'm a girl and all, I guess he just didn't think it was possible for me to have it. :P
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NamiObsidian Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have Asperger's, and I'm a girl! o_O

When I was born (about 20-1/2 years ago), only 7 out of 10,000 kids were born with Asperger's, and only one of those seven would be a girl...

I guess I was always an "against-the-odds" person...
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KaguyaTsukiHime Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I was diagnosed 5% in the higher scale of autism o.o
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mrs-drwho Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student Writer
yay! i'm part of tht 20%. not claiming tht it's totally awesome but i do say tht it's a part of me and so thus, i love it. who would i b without it? love the stamp. it's epic. and the Temple Grandin movie is AWESOME!!!
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