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What Are the Signs of Autism in Girls – Is Asperger’s in Girls Overlooked?

Girls with autism have long been misdiagnosed as their symptoms look quite different from those of their male peers on the spectrum. New research indicates that autism in girls is more common than previously thought as more is learned about the signs of autism in girls.

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What Are the Signs of Autism in Girls – Is Asperger’s in Girls Overlooked?

Girls with autism have long been misdiagnosed as their symptoms look quite different from those of their male peers on the spectrum. New research indicates that autism in girls is more common than previously thought as more is learned about the signs of autism in girls.

Are Girls with Autism Not Being Diagnosed? - Autism Parenting Magazine

When a child is sent for diagnostic testing to determine an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the tests, traditionally, are the same for both males and females. Depending on the age of the child being screened for ASD, markers will vary, but generally speaking, doctors test a child’s developmental and social skills as well as sensory processing abilities. The guidelines for these tests and possible subsequent diagnoses are ruled by the most up to date version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). However, a study published on January 4, 2018, in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders recognizes the importance of adjusting diagnostic testing depending on the child’s sex.