Diagnosis of Females with Autism

>> Monday, February 2, 2009

I'm not really accustomed to having or being around girls with autism. I have seen them, but never really got to know them. Parents are concerned about how they test girls and boys differently with autism. They said, "(a) their clinical presentation is “different,” (b) their “special interests” are different, and/or (c) they appear to have fairly good social interaction skill, particularly when interacting with adults in a one-to-one situation."

The Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS; Constantino, 2005) is the only one tool that is used for girls. Which examines social impairments by assessing social awareness, social information processing, reciprocal social communication, social anxiety/avoidance, and autistic preoccupations and traits.
Here is the article from the Autism Support Network News.

1 special comments:

Maddy February 2, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

I know quite a few as there are several in each of my boys' classes as well as a great many we meet at therapy. I think the general view is that they don't 'present' in the same way as boys and so tend to be under - diagnosed.
Best wishes