Get the latest health, fitness, anti-aging, and nutrition news, plus special offers, insights and updates from Health.com! 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.
- The study is to be presented Wednesday at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City.
- Prior research suggests genetic and other biological differences underlie autism in each gender, and a study released last month found that girls on the milder end of the autism spectrum tend to be diagnosed at a later age than boys.
- In almost every measure, the girls with autism very consistently and significantly further away from girls with typical development,” she added.