Why are more boys diagnosed with autism than girls?
More boys are diagnosed with ASD than girls. Why is that? Both boys and girls on the spectrum have repetitive movements, interests, and/or speech. Boys and girls with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism intensely focus on their preferred topics. How are girls with ASD missed?
Girls with ASD tend to blend in
Girls with ASD prefer to analyze social situations rather than seeking to know all the facts about their favorite topics. Their focus on trying to figure out interactions allows girls to blend in, especially if they begin to understand some of the unwritten rules in their analysis.
Also, the topics that girls with Autism and Asperger’s tend to prefer are usually similar to what most girls like. The difference is seen in the intensity of that interest. Because the girls’ interests are not glaringly different, their diagnosis can be missed.
We’ll discuss this more in a later blog.
Rebecca J. Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help creating your success strategies? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.