Misdiagnosing gender

Symptoms of autism in girls may be masked by our views of femininity, say experts.

Published September 18, 2008 6:55PM (EDT)

In this week's clip for Current TV, I talk about a study finding that autism presents itself differently in girls than in boys and, most interesting, that some girls' symptoms may go unnoticed because of our views of femininity. One expert, the National Autistic Society's Judith Gould, told the BBC: "The way autism is presented in women can be very complex and so can be missed. It might be that due to misconceptions and stereotypes, many girls and women with autism are never referred for diagnosis, and so are missing from statistics."

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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