Autism characteristics differ by gender, studies find

Publication date: 
March, 2014
Simons Foundation

Two studies published in the past month lend support to the notion that autism looks different in girls than it does in boys, making it harder to recognize and diagnose in girls. The studies reflect growing suspicion in the research community that the underlying biology and the experiences of girls with autism may both be distinct.

The first study, published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is the largest yet to try to parse the differences between boys and girls with the disorder...

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