Girls With Autism Fare Worse Than Boys, Study Finds

It’s great that this is finally becoming recognized, but they’re still not quite getting it: “…but boys are more than four times as likely to be affected.” No, no, no. Diagnosed, not “affected.”

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By Maureen Salamon
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While girls are far less likely than boys to be diagnosed with autism, girls with the developmental disorder show more impairments compared to their healthy female peers than comparable sets of boys do, new research suggests.

Scientists from the University of California Davis MIND Institute contend that girls with autism may suffer from greater social deficits than boys with the condition, which is characterized by problems with emotional and communication skills.

“Many of the studies looking for behavioral differences in autism have only compared boys and girls with autism and not to their typically developing counterparts,” said study author Christine Wu Nordahl, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

“So when we tried this approach, we were surprised because the findings were quite striking. In almost every measure, the girls with autism very consistently and significantly [scored]…

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