Girls in ASD

Baacke, Anastasia
Johnson, Wendi L.
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This presentation seeks to highlight and bring awareness to why girls with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tend to be diagnosed later in life. When assessing for Autism, criteria such as repetitive behaviors, limited social engagement, or impaired communication are some of the main areas being evaluated. It can be noted that girls on the spectrum are more active in engaging in non-verbal communication, including a larger use of gestures and a higher level of energy (Rynkiewicz et al., 2016). Girls also often exhibit repetitive behaviors that are often very mild. Behaviors like these cause a girl to be assessed as not being on the spectrum, furthering increasing the need for tests to account for gender differences. Girls with ASD don’t often fit the traditional mold of ASD behaviors. The sooner we can accurately diagnose girls, the sooner we can provide the intervention and services to best support long-term success.

Creative Arts and Research Symposium
Creative Arts and Research Symposium