Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Autism & Gender

With so much emphasis on# boys with #autism,  we tend to forget about #girls who have also been diagnosed. Statistically, boys outnumber girls when it comes to autism #diagnoses but is this because of a gender relationship or are girls simply overlooked on the spectrum? Research suggests that girls are less likely to be diagnosed because their #symptoms do not manifest themselves in the same way as boys.

Girls could possibly fly under the radar because they are less active than boys and may simply be considered shy or withdrawn. This information alone could also indicate greater autism #prevalence rates that are being masked by gender biases within the medical community.

More focus needs to be placed on better diagnosis techniques specifically for girls that will allow for increased accuracy in diagnostic procedures.

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