The majority of those diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome are male. The reason is not necessarily that it occurs more in males, it is that it is harder to diagnose in females.

The combination of developing coping skills and generally having less severe symptoms than males, means that many girls and women struggle with the disorder without ever being diagnosed or receiving help.

Samantha Craft, an Asperian (someone with Asperger’s Syndrome) woman and mother of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, has put together a long checklist of traits observed in women with Asperger’s Syndrome. Samantha has a master’s degree in Education, but she does not hold a doctorate in Psychiatry or Psychology. The list was created “in an effort to assist health professionals in recognizing Asperger’s Syndrome in females” and it is not intended to be used as an accurate diagnostic tool.

We have taken the list and transformed it into an assessment test that you may take and receive a calculated response like our other assessments.

Source: Females with Aspergers Syndrome Checklist by Samantha Craft

1.I consider myself a deep thinker.
2.I am a prolific writer. I like to write poetry.
3.I am highly intelligent (not necessarily with a high IQ). I know a lot about particular subjects, I think outside-the-box, and speak like an expert about my interests.
4.I can see things on multiple levels, including my own thinking processes.
5.I analyze my existence, the meaning of life, and everything, continually.
6.I take things seriously, think logically, and focus on facts.
7.I don’t take things for granted.
8.I think and speak in detail. I can’t explain things simply.
9.I see everything as complex.
10.I often get lost in thought or my own world and may “zone out” (blank stare).
11.I have been told I am naïve.
12.Honesty is important to me. I am honest and expect others to be.
13.I do not like to lie and find it extremely difficult.
14.I do not understand manipulation or disloyalty. I can’t tell if someone is manipulating me or betraying me.
15.I do not understand vindictive behavior or retaliation.
16.I have been taken advantage of on numerous occasions.
17.I have often felt confused and overwhelmed.
18.I often have felt that I do not belong anywhere or have felt that I am from a different planet.
19.I feel very isolated and alone. I do not have any friends, or if I do they are very few.
20.I was abused or taken advantage of as a child, but didn’t think to tell anyone.
21.Whenever I feel overwhelmed by emotions or senses, I escape into thought or action.
22.I escape regularly through fixations, obsessions, and over-interest in subjects.
23.I often fantasize, daydream, or get lost in my own imaginary world to escape reality.
24.I escape through mental processing.
25.I escape through rhythm of words.
26.I philosophize continually.
27.I had imaginary friends as a child.
28.I imitate people on television or in movies.
29.I treated friends as “pawns” in youth.
30.I make friends with older or younger females more so than friends my age (often in young adulthood).
31.I imitate friends or peers in style, dress, attitude, interests, and manner (sometimes speech).
32.I obsessively collect and organize objects.
33.I have mastered imitation.
34.I escape by playing the same music over and over.
35.I escape through a relationship (imagined or real).
36.For me, numbers bring ease (could be numbers associated with patterns, calculations, lists, time and/or personification).
37.I often escape through counting, categorizing, organizing, and rearranging things.
38.At parties, I escape in other rooms.
39.I cannot relax or rest without many thoughts.
40.I believe that everything has a purpose.
41.I have (or may have) OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
42.I have sensory issues (sight, sound, texture, smells, taste) or might have synesthesia.
43.I have generalized anxiety.
44.I have a sense of pending danger or doom.
45.I have feelings of polar extremes (depressed/over-joyed; inconsiderate/over-sensitive).
46.I have poor muscle tone, double-jointed, and/or lack in coordination (may have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and/or Hypotonia and/or POTS syndrome).
47.I have an eating disorder, food obsession, and/or worry about what is eaten.
48.I have irritable bowel and/or intestinal issues.
49.I have chronic fatigue and/or immune challenges.
50.I have been misdiagnosed or diagnosed with a mental illness.
51.I experience multiple physical symptoms, perhaps labeled “hypochondriac”.
52.I often question my place in the world.
53.I often drop small objects.
54.I often wonder who I am and what is expected of me.
55.I search for what is right and wrong.
56.I have had bouts of depression (may have PMDD) since puberty.
57.I often flicks/rubs fingernails, picks scalp/skin, flaps hands, rubs hands together, tucks hands under or between legs, keeps closed fists, paces in circles, and/or clears throat often.
58.I have had friendships end suddenly but I don’t understand why or I have a difficult time making friends.
59.I tend to overshare.
60.I share intimate details with strangers.
61.I used to raise my hand too much in class or I didn’t participate.
62.I had little impulse control with speaking when younger.
63.I monopolize conversation at times.
64.I often bring the subject of conversation back to myself.
65.I come across at times as narcissistic and controlling, but I’m not.
66.I share in order to reach out.
67.I often sound eager and over-zealous or apathetic and disinterested.
68.I hold a lot of thoughts, ideas, and feelings inside.
69.I feel as if I am attempting to communicate “correctly”.
70.I obsess about the potentiality of a relationship with someone, particularly a love interest or feasible new friendship.
71.I am confused by the rules of accurate eye contact, tone of voice, proximity of body, body stance, and posture in conversation.
72.I find conversations often exhausting.
73.I continually question the actions and behaviors of self and others.
74.I feel as if I am missing a conversation “gene” or thought-filter.
75.I have trained myself in social interactions through readings and studying of other people.
76.I visualize and practice how I will act around others.
77.I practice/rehearse in mind what I will say to another before entering the room.
78.I have difficulty filtering out background noise when talking to others.
79.I have a continuous dialogue in my mind that tells me what to say and how to act when in a social situation.
80.My sense of humor sometimes seems quirky, odd, inappropriate, or different from others.
81.When I was a child, it was hard to know when it was my turn to talk.
82.I find the norms of conversation confusing.
83.I find unwritten and unspoken rules difficult to grasp, remember, and apply.
84.I feel extreme relief when I don’t have to go anywhere, talk to anyone, answer calls, or leave the house but at the same time will often harbor guilt for “hibernating” and not doing “what everyone else is doing”.
85.If I have a visitor at the home, they may be perceived as a threat (this can even be a familiar family member).
86.Although I know that logically a house visitor is not a threat, it doesn’t relieve the anxiety.
87.I often have feelings of dread about upcoming events and appointments on the calendar.
88.When I know I have to leave the house, I feel anxiety from the moment I wake up.
89.I find all the steps involved in leaving the house to be overwhelming and exhausting to think about.
90.I prepare myself mentally for outings, excursions, meetings, and appointments, often days before a scheduled event.
91.I have OCD tendencies when it comes to concepts of time, being on time, tracking time, recording time, and managing time (could be carried over to money, as well).
92.I continually question my next steps and movements.
93.I sometimes feel like I’m on stage being watched and/or I have a sense of always having to act out the “right” steps, even when I am home alone.
94.Telling myself the “right” words and/or using positive self-talk (CBT) doesn’t typically alleviate my anxiety. CBT may cause increased feelings of inadequacy.
95.Knowing I can stay home all day brings great peace of mind.
96.I require a large amount of down time or alone time.
97.I feel guilty after spending a lot of time on a special interest.
98.I feel uncomfortable in public locker rooms, bathrooms, and/or dressing rooms.
99.I dislike being in a crowded mall, crowded gym, and/or crowded theater.
100.I am sensitive to sounds, textures, temperature, and/or smells when trying to sleep.
101.I adjust bedclothes, bedding, and/or environment in an attempt to find comfort.
102.My dreams are anxiety-ridden, vivid, complex, and/or precognitive in nature.
103.I am highly intuitive to others’ feelings.
104.I am highly empathetic, sometimes to the point of confusion.
105.I take criticism to heart.
106.I long to be seen, heard, and understood.
107.I question if I am a “normal” person.
108.I am highly susceptible to outsiders’ viewpoints and opinions.
109.At times I adapt my view of life or actions based on others’ opinions or words.
110.I recognize my own limitations in many areas daily, if not hourly.
111.I get hurt when others question or doubt my work.
112.I view many things as an extension of self.
113.I fear others opinions, criticism, and judgment.
114.I dislike words and events that hurt animals and people.
115.I have collected or rescued animals (often in childhood).
116.I have a huge compassion for suffering (sometimes for inanimate objects/personification).
117.I am sensitive to substances (environmental toxins, foods, alcohol, medication, hormones, etc.).
118.I try to help or offer unsolicited advice, or I formalize plans of action.
119.I question my life purpose and how to be a “better” person.
120.I seek to understand abilities, skills, and/or gifts.
121.I feel trapped between wanting to be myself and wanting to fit in.
122.I imitate others without realizing it.
123.I suppress true wishes (often in young adulthood).
124.I exhibit codependent behaviors (often in young adulthood).
125.I adapt in order to avoid ridicule.
126.I reject social norms and/or question social norms.
127.I have feelings of extreme isolation.
128.Feeling good about myself takes a lot of effort and work.
129.I switch my preferences based on environment and other people.
130.I switch my behavior based on environment and other people.
131.I didn’t care about my hygiene, clothes, and appearance before teenage years and/or before someone else pointed these out to me.
132.I “freak out” but don’t know why until later.
133.I have a young sounding voice.
134.I have trouble recognizing what I look like and/or have occurrences of slight prosopagnosia (difficulty recognizing or remembering faces).
135.I feel significantly younger on the inside than on the outside (perpetually twelve).
136.I have had a hard time learning that others are not always honest.
137.Feelings seem confusing, illogical, and unpredictable (myself’s and others’).
138.I confuse appointment times, numbers, and/or dates.
139.I expect that by acting a certain way certain results can be achieved, but realize in dealing with emotions, those results don’t always manifest.
140.I spoke frankly and literally in youth.
141.Jokes go over my head.
142.I am confused when others ostracize, shun, belittle, trick, or betray.
143.I have trouble identifying feelings unless they are extreme.
144.I have trouble with the emotions of hate and dislike.
145.I feel sorry for someone who has persecuted or hurt me.
146.ersonal feelings of anger, outrage, deep love, fear, giddiness, and anticipation seem to be easier to identify than emotions of joy, satisfaction, calmness, and serenity.
147.I have difficulty recognizing how extreme emotions (outrage, deep love) will affect me and it challenges transferring what has been learned about emotions from one situation to the next.
148.Sometimes I perceive conversations or situations as black or white.
149.Sometimes I overlook or misunderstand the middle spectrum of outcomes, events, and emotions, or have an all or nothing mentality.
150.I feel a small fight might signal the end of a relationship or collapse of world.
151.A small compliment might boost me into a state of bliss.
152.I like to know word origins and/or origin of historical facts/root cause and foundation.
153.I am confused when there is more than one meaning (or spelling) to a word.
154.I have a high interest in songs and song lyrics.
155.I frequently notice patterns.
156.I remember things in visual pictures.
157.I remember exact details about a someone’s life.
158.I have a remarkable memory for certain details.
159.Writing or creating helps to relieve my anxiety.
160.I have certain “feelings” or emotions towards certain words and/or numbers.
161.I find that words and/or numbers bring a sense of comfort and peace, akin to a friendship.
162.I find that simple tasks can be difficult.
163.I find that learning to drive a car or rounding the corner in a hallway can be troublesome.
164.I find that new places offer their own set of challenges.
165.I find that anything that requires a reasonable amount of steps, dexterity, or know-how can rouse a sense of panic.
166.I find the thought of repairing, fixing, or locating something gives me anxiety.
167.I avoid mundane tasks.
168.I find that cleaning myself or my home is insurmountable.
169.I find many questions come to mind when setting about to do a task.
170.I sometimes leave the house with mismatched socks, my shirt buttoned incorrectly, and/or I have dyslexia and/or dysgraphia.
171.I find a trip to the grocery store can be overwhelming.
172.I have trouble copying dance steps, aerobic moves, or direction in a sports gym class.
173.I have a hard time finding certain objects in the house but I remember with exact clarity where other objects are; not being able to locate something or thinking about locating something can cause feelings of intense anxiety (object permanence challenges) (even with something as simple as opening an envelope).