Girls with autism are diagnosed later than boys as they show signs differently, says study

Girls with autism are found to struggle more than boys while performing basic tasks like getting dressed or making small talk. This may prevent or delay the diagnosis of autism among them, says a new study.

There is growing evidence that girls with autism may show signs differently than boys and some of the social difficulties faced by females with autism may not be apparent during clinical assessments.

Experts say that girls who meet the same clinical criteria for autism as boys are actually more severely affected by social and adaptive skill shortcomings.

This shows that there needs to be better ways to identify girls with autism so intervention is as early as possible.

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