Raising a Girl With Autism

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Raising a Girl With Autism
Wed, 11-27-2013 - 12:31pm

Since more boys are diagnosed than girls with autism, doctors fear that the tests are more geared towards boys and girls are not diagnosed because they are able to compensate better:

However, girls with autism-like traits were able to recognize emotions from photos just as well as girls without autism did. Because many experts believe failure to recognize facial expressions is one of the more direct signs of autism, the researchers argue that doctors may need to use more subtle assessments to accurately diagnose the disorder in girls.

"If girls with ASD are developing strategies to compensate for ASD like traits (such as [difficulty with] emotion recognition), then it is possible that they are less likely to be diagnosed," study researcher Radha Kothari, a research associate with University College London's Institute of Child Health, wrote in an email to HuffPost.

"Much of the research conducted on autism, which goes on to define our idea of the disorder, is conducted on males rather than females," Kothari wrote, adding, "This creates a cyclical system, in which our understanding of ASD is mainly based upon presentation of it in males, which means that more males are likely to be diagnosed."

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/26/girls-with-autism_n_4311015.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents

How many girls do you know that have been diagnosed as being on the spectrum?