Autism and Gender Differences


Over the past few months there have been a lot of articles published about the gender differences in autism and the struggles parents of little girls who struggle with the disability face in getting their daughters’ a proper diagnosis.  I read hundreds of articles on behalf of New Horizons in my research for our website and I’ve been seeing a lot of focus recently on this topic so I wanted to publish a central piece specifically for this information.  The autism community and researchers seemed to have taken notice of the fact that females with autism are being diagnosed later in life and this is causing problems for families.  Perhaps it’s because little girls often don’t exhibit the same symptoms as little boys and also because practitioners are less likely to “look” for autism in little girls because it’s just more commone in boys.  But the later diagnoses can mean later treatment, and that can mean frustration but even worse?  That can delay treatment which every specialist will tell you, early intervention is key.  So, I thought it might be helpful to list some of the very helpful articles I’ve read recently with the most up-to-date information on the topic of gender differences in autism for parents and families who might be struggling or looking for more information on this issue.

I hope you find these helpful:

Do you have a daughter with autism?  Did you struggle to get her diagnosed?  What were her symptoms?  Did you find they were different than your friends who have boys with autism?