Autism Affects Boys And Girls Differently, Says New Study



A new study on the differences between males and females when it comes to autism by researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine has been published in the journal, Molecular Autism.

So what are the differences?

First off, according to the researchers, girls with autism, or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), do not necessarily exhibit severe repetitive or restrictive behaviors. What is restrictive behavior in terms of autism? Examples would include repetitive motions, strict adherence to rules, and absolute focus.

The researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine used data regarding the severity of symptoms in a study that contained 128 girls with autism and 614 boys affected with autism, where both the girls and boys were of similar age and IQ. A second study was also done researching the severity of symptoms among children with autism with 25 boys, 19 girls, and an additional 19 boys with no diagnosis of autism.

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