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Not just a boy thing: how doctors are letting down girls with autism

posted 14 Jul 2012, 07:14 by Jan Szafranski   [ updated 14 Jul 2012, 07:14 ]
International study to look at misdiagnosis, social exclusion and stress among females on autistic spectrum

Annette Lewns has more experience than most of the different ways in which boys and girls with autism are treated. Her 14-year-old son, Ryan, was diagnosed when he was three and a half. But doctors refused to diagnose her 12-year-old daughter, Rachel, until she was nine.

"What angers me is that for years I was dismissed by doctors purely because Rachel was a girl. Ryan was spotted very quickly because the autism symptoms that doctors look for are so male-orientated," said Lewns. "But Rachel's autism was hidden unless you knew where to look for it."

The Guardian (Friday 13 July 2012) http://apps.facebook.com/theguardian/society/2012/jul/13/girls-autism-sex-bias-children