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Monday, August 6, 2012

Are Girls With Autism Being Underdiagnosed?; New, High Impact-Impact Studies Of Very Young Children; MEG To Study Brains

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Are Girls With Autism Being Underdiagnosed?

A recent study reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry suggests there may be gender bias in the diagnosis of girls with autism.

Typically, boys have higher rates of autism compared to girls by a factor of 4 to 1. After comparing data from 363 boys and girls with autism between the ages of ten and twelve, the researchers found that "the girls, rather than the boys, who met the criteria for ASD had a significantly higher prevalence of low intellectual levels and behavior difficulties."

Their study suggests girls are less likely to be diagnosed with ASD than boys. The study also suggests the gender bias may be due to girls possessing better adaptive or compensatory skills.

It is still unclear whether girls acquire such adaptive skills developmentally. It is also unclear whether there are shortcomings in the diagnostic measures used for ASD.
(ABC News and Examiner)

UC Davis Mind Institute And University of Washington Received Grant From Autism Speaks To Continue Research Into Novel, High-Impact Treatments For Very Young Children