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Based on recent research, here are a few of the ways in which girls with autism appear to differ from boys with autism: 3  Boys with autism tend to have very repetitive and limited areas of play. Girls with autism are less repetitive and have Girls with autism are more likely than boys to be. Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Difference Between Boys and Girls. Children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a growing patient population with 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with ASD.

It is observed at a higher rate among boys, with 1 in 42 boys being identified as having ASD. This is a ratio of 1 female for every 4 males diagnosed with autism. As we study Autism more and more we’re learning that there aren’t any differences in how Autism impacts boys and girls. Girls are simply better and more likely to mask their symptoms than boys. This means that girls will have less support as they struggle through life without the support that boys.

They hope their research will shed light on autism spectrum disorders, which affect one in 59 children, and also identify the best interventions for both girls and boys. “Our goals include providing a much better understanding of the differences in how autism manifests in girls versus boys,” said Pelphrey, the Harrison-Wood Jefferson. FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) The repetitive and restrictive behaviors common in autism aren’t seen as often in girls as they are in boys with the disorder, a new study says. However, girls with autism do not necessarily have the same kinds of special interests as typical autistic boys, and their interests are similar to those in typically developing girls, such as fascination with dolls, horses, pop stars and celebrities, Disney films etc. which are socially accepted. Autistic behavior is different in girls than boys, say Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. Their new study not only provides evidence suggesting girls with autism spectrum disorders have distinct characteristics, it also links such gender differences directly to the brain.

Girls with autism display less repetitive and restricted behavior than boys do, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study also found that brain differences between boys and girls with autism help explain this discrepancy. The first study, published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is the largest yet to try to parse the differences between boys and girls with the disorder 1. The researchers report that autism characteristics in girls.

Just because autism is less frequently diagnosed in girls doesn’t necessarily mean it’s less prevalent. “The symptoms that (girls with autism) are exhibiting might not stand out as much as in a boy.

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Our girls [with ASD] really do seem different than autistic boys we know.

“Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years” by Shana Nichols, Liane Holliday Willey, Ginamarie Moravcik, Samara Pulver-Tetenbaum
from Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years
by Shana Nichols, Liane Holliday Willey, et. al.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009

The big question raised by this disparity is: are boys more likely to be autistic or are they just more likely to get diagnosed because their symptoms tend to fit the classic manifestation of ASD?

“Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life” by Cynthia Kim
from Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life
by Cynthia Kim
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014

The boy is a person first, not defined by and only by autism.

“Love Anthony” by Lisa Genova
from Love Anthony
by Lisa Genova
Simon & Schuster UK, 2012

Additionally, autism is four times more likely to be diagnosed in boys than girls.

“Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice” by Aubrey H. Fine
from Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice
by Aubrey H. Fine
Elsevier Science, 2010

When the boys and girls showed similar levels of autism characteristics, girls had to display either more significant intellectual disabilities than the boys, more behavioral problems than the boys, or more of both, in order to be diagnosed.

“Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum” by Jennifer Cook O'Toole
from Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum
by Jennifer Cook O’Toole
Skyhorse, 2018

Most studies have reported significantly higher rates of ASD in boys than in girls although girls with more strictly defined autism are also more likely to have intellectual disability (Fombonne 2005a, b).

“Handbook of Life Course Health Development” by Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest, Richard M. Lerner, Elaine M. Faustman
from Handbook of Life Course Health Development
by Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest, et. al.
Springer International Publishing, 2017

Boys are five times more likely to have autism than girls and there a three to eight percent risk of recurrence in a family with one affected child.

“Introduction to Special Education' 2007 Ed.” by Inciong, Et Al
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by Inciong, Et Al
Rex Book Store, 2007

All the epidemiological studies show a significantly greater number of boys than girls with autism.

“Autism: An Introduction to Psychological Theory” by Francesca Happé
from Autism: An Introduction to Psychological Theory
by Francesca Happé
Harvard University Press, 1995

Boys are four to five times more likely than girls to have autism.

“Psychiatry” by Allan Tasman, Jerald Kay, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Michael B. First, Mario Maj
from Psychiatry
by Allan Tasman, Jerald Kay, et. al.
Wiley, 2011

Autism is two to four times more common in boys than girls.

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  • Let’s classify it as a function
    I’m a male and I used the function of how I think to recover faster from a concussion and might teach others with concussions it

  • This isn’t true alot of females go undiagnosed because we are better at masking and we are often found to have autism later also our interests are not always the same as males interests such as being into maths and science. While some females are into science the majority of females with autism are into the creative side and the arts. Girls still have autism probably on par with boys just its less likely to get found and be diagnosed because girls are better at masking. Even if an adult has the traits they can also majority of the time be misdiagnosed.

  • It remains to be seen how much of the gender disparity in ASD diagnosis is due to undiagnosed high functioning ASD girls. The fact that the girls that are diagnosed tend to be more severely affected is consistent with the notion that substantial numbers of high fn ASD girls are being missed.

  • I’m no geneticists but its probably due to the difference in hormones and thought processes that maybe miss a diagnoses in a female rather than a male?..

  • My mum has her masters in autism and her dissertation was on females with autism. Essentially a pattern emerged that more stereotypically masculine females with a diagnosis tend to get diagnosed younger with less minsdiagnosises obviously other that self reporting it’s hard to measure how masculine someone is so this wasn’t factored into the dissertation and it remained focused on late diagnosis rates and misdiagnosis rates in general with females. The view of autism is so male focused that even in females they focus on male traits. I can personally attest that I was told it was easy to diagnose me because I’m so masculine and I was diagnosed at 12 (early for females but a late diagnosis for males) I would go into more detail but I’m not out here trying to dox myself.

    To be clear I don’t think masculinity is linked to autism I think it’s linked to likely of diagnosis when you’re high functioning.

  • The reason autism is diagnosed more often in males than in females is because autism is more common in males than in femalesit is not an issue of males acquiring more medical evaluations. As the video noted, male chemistry is involved.

  • My cousin is autistic and he came at me when I was playing fortnite so I body slammed him as hard as I could because he was having a tantrum I’m a sociopath and he is autistic we don’t go together

  • I’m 46, and have known I have always been different and a major mimic. I’m know getting properly diagnosed by fighting for it. It’s really hard especially since my seizures that happened at 40. It’s changed due to it. My memory is terrible now ��. I feel lost and confused

  • I’d really like to know more and especially the talk between ASD and BPD as I’m 25 diagnosed BPD but I think I’m autistic and idk if I have both or how to tell the difference

  • Hi so I’m writing a female character with Asperger’s syndrome so if anyone with Aspergers wants anything shown or has any tips please tell

  • I think I have autism, I’ve done alot of reaserch and everything is now making sense in my life. My mum things I’m just odd from the others and won’t take me to the doctors

  • I like this video and I think it’s very important to shed light on the disparity between autism diagnoses in boys vs girls! I wanted to address something though: I think the whole “we know boys and girls are very different:) it’s probably hormones” thing is somewhat simplistic. We can’t know how much of differences in brains between sexes is based on biology and how much is based on socialization, because it’s not ethical to raise a human being without socializing them at all.

    Society treats people it considers girls and people it considers boys very differently. The same behaviors associated with autism that are encouraged or put up with in boys (not understanding their own or others’ emotions, preferring solo play, being very literal/not understanding sarcasm, asking obtrusive questions and “””being obnoxious”””, not understanding social cues, etc) are punished in girls.

    Even kids as young as 2 have an idea of what their gender is and what is expected of them because of it. Our brains are very malleable when we’re that young. Our brains are also highly attuned to positive attention and feedback from our caregivers when we’re young. Those caregivers are usually perpetuating this difference in treatment without even knowing it, or if they do know it, without thinking it’s wrong.

    Saying “it’s probably hormones” without acknowledging socialization as a factor at all perpetuates this idea that biological sex is destiny, which is not only untrue, it’s also a big contributing factor to sexism and especially transphobia.

    Thanks for listening, and double thanks for making this video. It’s a very important and complicated issue and I’m glad to see outreach from someone so educated and qualified.

  • Okay, so when I was 3 they diagnosed me with an IQ of 146 which made the autism diagnose impossible ( or that said him) but, I have many symptoms, i don’t make eye contact, I am very empathic, i have a lot of simps, i am very sensitive with sounds and textures, and I don’t have any social skills. Whenever someone asks me something, I go like “ what.. yes”. MY PARENTS STILL THINK I AM A NEUROTYPICAL, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME IF I HAVE AUTISM OR NOT PLEASE? And in case i don’t what do I have? Thanks

  • For me, the ED was about numbers. I wanted to weigh 43,2 kg. I really like the number 432 so…
    And also the number of calories in food.

  • I’m 28 and wasn’t diagnosed with asd until I was 25-26 and In college in California. Like for real and my daughter has it as well as my nephew and possibly my niece.

  • When I was a child, I would set up a scene with my toys for HOURS then when I came time to “play” I didn’t even know how to interact with my toys besides copying scenes in movies I liked.

  • I spent years misdiagnosed with BPD. When I was diagnosed with ASD I was in denial and disbelief… I was just diagnosed this year and I’m a 26 yo female

  • They thought I had autism as a child later was diagnosed with ADHD I didn’t wanna be late to school because I didn’t want people to look at me whenever I walked into the class I didn’t talk in front of others lots of nervous tics followed by extreme aggression I think it’s starting to make sense

  • I work with a significant amount of people with various disabilities, most of which are people with ASD. My colleagues have often commented on the similarities I share with alot of the people living with ASD and most of my closed friends and family have acknowledge my social skills/communication and thought processing is abnormal, my time management/self organisation terrible and my ability to mimic would probably land me an oscar. I know I share an extremely high amount of experiences and difficulties with people with ASD but I have not needed a diagnosis. I think experiences are relative and if something is impacting you in various domains then by all mean you should seek information and assistance. However I personally don’t think adding a label to something is always useful and regardless of diagnosis, if I have had areas of my life that have impacted functioning, I have worked damn hard on strategies to overcome them. A diagnosis may mean alot to some people but to me it’s my thoughts and actions around my behaviours that empower me.

  • I’m an aspie and I used to ”play” by organizing my toys perfectly to an aesthetically pleasing scene (like a city or something) for the whole day and was exhausted afterwards.

  • I Think it is so shitty to recommend Girls to not go to parties or meet up with guys, because they could be abusive assholes. Stop telling Girls the world is a dangerous place, it sucks. It let’s Girls feel in danger right before any danger is there and that is exactly what creates shy, silent Girls that are looking for protectors, rather than just going to a Party and feeling strong and great about it.

  • My sister and my mums boyfriend said I got tested for high asd.( Was looking for the paper of proof to help with jobs after my mum passed) We can’t find it because my crap father we think got rid of it as he believed my mum was wrong. But all the think I see in your videos fit me

  • My breath caught at the barbie part. I never realized it was so different because I had no one to play with, but my cousin would come over and ruin the “pretty scene” I made and it made me so upset. Really wasn’t expecting that to be a part of anything.

  • You said nothing here. There was little or no information to use regarding females with autism.
    Being one, I’d rather like some answers…
    They don’t NOTICE it in girls unless it’s extreme, they don’t look for it in girls.
    As far as my experience goes living with autism is like being born with PTSD. Born with it and having no idea what it is, small wonder youngsters melt down, resort to stimming behaviors to control their input.
    For those who have made rude comments, pointed fingers at others in derision, you have NO IDEA what you are doing, you are not being clever, you are being cruel.

  • Me and my sister used to play LPS together. The only issue was, I was super busy making the scene and crafting the characters… and when the actual role-playing started, I got bored.(this was the source of many fights between me and my sister) I have been diagnosed with ADD, which I think has recently been included in the spectrum. So that might explain somethings, haha.

  • I have autism… I don’t think i mimic people… But after binge watching Breaking Bad my GF noticed i was slowly turning into Walter White… even bought a hat similar to him haha… I had no idea i was doing it, weird. This could be completely unrelated to autism… but it was pretty funny at the time.

  • Hey guys, Africa magic is real. Got a local black that heals autism, he made my niece a normal kid. She was born autistic. Jacksonbells447atgmaildotcom.

  • The comment at 4:00 about setting up scenes that look nice rather than playing out actual scenarios hit hard. I’m learning a lot about ASD in girls and more and more applies to me that I had no idea about.

  • I haven’t been diagnosed but i feel and know i have autism. I am 17 years old and i’ve had difficulties with multiple different things since i was young

  • I get flirted with and have gotten myself into very inappropriate situations bc I truly don’t understand or know when people are hitting on me or trying to “get in my pants”

  • When you said the thing about lining your toys up to make a scene and just enjoying the aesthetics! I didn’t want other children to join in as I thought they would ruin the order ��

  • The females that I have seen with ASD, look quite similar to their male counterparts… social difficulties or lack thereof, language problems and restricted patterns of behavior/interests.

  • I’ve been in therapy for years. I’ve tried time and time again to figure out what made me different. I started researching ASD and Aspergers in females and something clicked… it’s like when I read about it it was a description of my life.

  • I’ve definitely been going down a youtube rabbit hole for the past few weeks, I’d love to see a specialist to see if they can definitively tell me if this is my situation. Anyone know any good Texas resources?

  • I’ve frequently felt like I had Autism throughout my life but anytime I read about it and the stress on the social and emotional stunting always made me immediately feel like I was wrong. Everything you brought up in this video fit me almost exactly though and I’m curious if maybe I do have it. I’ve been to a few psychiatrists and they’ve never felt comfortable pinpointing a specific disorder. I’ve been diagnosed with mood disorder unspecified and bipolar, bpd, and ptsd has been brought up a lot.

  • Most of the differences one could notice in social situations are most likely deriverd from the different ways amab and afab kids are socialized.

  • I’m in my early 20’s, previously living as someone with a bipolar 2 and general anxiety disorder diagnosis that never felt right; I finally understand why, I and feel seen.

  • I’ve been researching ASD a bit, to see if it fits for me, and this was a very useful video. I don’t feel that I fit that many of the criteria mentioned here, but I fit a few mentioned elsewhere, and a few here as well. Especially the part about being “too much”. If I’m interested in a thing I can’t stop talking/thinking about it. If I get excited as I talk I get LOUD without even realizing it. I break out crying a LOT for reasons that often even I can’t figure out. And my relationship with schedules is… weird… but if I HAVE a schedule I get extremely thrown off if something changes. I’ve also been researching ADHD because that feels like a possibility, too, though I’ve never had an official diagnosis for anything except “Essential Skills Disorder” or something that basically meant I didn’t naturally have certain skills that “most people” have, especially social skills. Gee, what does that sound like?

  • This does bring into perspective just how severe my own autism was when I was young, as it was hardly ever in question that I have autism. It was so incredibly obvious how out of place I was when it came to socializing with my fellow children, teachers, and even how I behaved on my own.

  • Today i went to tutor a girl and i think she has autism.. But her famiky doesn’t know… And i m too afraid to tell her parents because in our country we don’t take it easily.. But i wanna help.. That’s why i’m researching.. Plz give me tips to help her..

  • Thank you so much for making this!!! I’m crying because I’ve always thought I was on the spectrum, but got diagnosed with BPD and then bipolar when I started hiding it more.

  • I distinctly remember being made fun of for “coping peoples personalities” and coping peoples hand writing i used to be so confused because I never saw it

  • this video made me cry. I’m pretty sure I’m on the spectrum i’ve done so much research these past few months and it makes me so happy to see what I feel finally said by someone else or written somewhere. I am scared to go to a professional though because when I was a kid one said I had bipolar disorder, then other said I had social phobia, and then another said I may have antisocial personality disorder (a sociopath..) it was frustrating and I believed them because they’re supposed to know better and they were professionals but after finding asd I feel like it fits everything about me perfectly literally everything makes sense now and things I didn’t even think were important before or things I couldn’t put into words. I don’t want to self-diagnose, i’ve always been told not to do it so I can’t but I’m scared of getting misdiagnosed and my family can’t afford to pay for a professional atm and I don’t want to tell them I think I might be autistic because I’m sure they’ll be ableist about it aaah I’m sorry I’m rambling I loved the video

  • I watched this video about “8 things autistic women want you to know” and I related to the whole video and idk how i feel about that nor idk if i should tell anyone……

  • I was diagnosed with BPD 4 years ago (I was 18), and i would say that it’s accurate. But upon learning how ASD can be different for girls, this could explain how I believe that I’ve had BPD since, maybe, I was 2 years old, as I’ve had my symptoms growing up and don’t know how to live without

  • I first went to the GP about my mental health issues in 2015… it’s only now 5 years later that I have a doctor who listened and thought “the missing puzzle piece has been found” I was misdiagnosed as having BPD and that meant (in the uk at least) I found it harder to be believed because in the UK BPD is always considered the correct diagnosis

  • Thank you for making this video! It helped me explain to my mom that i’m well aware I may have been misdiagnosed since the age of 5.

  • I didn’t play with barbies but I did rip their heads off and throw them around with my sister….lol an now I’m over here thinking any of this weirdness is new

  • I think that females might need a different diagnosis than autism simply because it would be more specific. I don’t think it’s helpful to apply an autistic label to girls who don’t exhibit anti social behavior. Autism literally means “self-ism”. Wouldn’t it be more helpful to have a more accurate diagnosis of female symptoms?

  • As a mental health nurse, I wish teachers are taught properly about autism and mental health during their training and the importance of child-parent-teaching therapeutic relationship. I think teachers needs to be encouraged to open up about their autism and mental health difficulties to receive therapy and counselling which would help them become the best teacher.Then these teachers would help everyone understand how to create a socially better inclusive supporting environment for children with autism from preschool, school to university level. This would promote health well being and safety instead of creating more traumas Lack of support and inclusiveness have sadly lead to too many break down of families and some taking to addictions to mask the problem. I wish autism workshop is actively promoted even in antenatal classes and If parents recognise themselves that they may have mild moderate or severe symptoms, then these parents needs support and education to heal themselves before they become parents themselves. I think the department of Health and Education has to rethink the education systems and may be provide open learning online service in a secure manner to support children and their family online in a more healthy and integrated manner way. for example have therapy weekly online session short or long term one to one counselling /coaching or group therapy and educational programme. It would be good have creative educational programme with music /art therapy or educational programme for the child, teen or adult and 1:1 and group support for parents too.

  • Employers need to have professional to support facilities to help people with autism to facilitate social integration at work and suustain them as long as needed. Almost mediate for them during induction and meetings and help them feel confident safe and protected.

  • High functioning and Low functioning isn’t real. It’s based on how someone’s autism affects nerotypical people, not the autistic persons struggles. Saying someone is high functioning is the same as saying, “You don’t seem autistic because you autism doesn’t affect me!” It’s not a compliment, just a reminders that the autistic person is masking.
    Also it’s not a linear spectrum where one side is less autistic and the other is more autistic, it’s more of a circle of autistic symptoms or traits.

  • I have talked to my mom about getting a diagnoses. But I’m already diagnosed with general and social anxiety disorder and I’m highly sensitive. How can you find the boundary between the diagnoses? Do I have all do I have only one or idk just how can they tell?

  • I have been thinking for 7 years that I am autistic. I have told this to a therapist and he reacted by saying that he didnt think i had it. in a 5 minute period.

  • I’m very quiet, I could be in a classroom or with my family and not talk to anyone or want to for hours and not care because all I needed was my notebook and music

  • The part of relationships was a first time to hear of. Is sort of hit close to home.
    As well as the part on diet. Actually much of it was very enlightening. Thank you ��

  • I was diagnosed with aspergers when I was four, my parents never told me that I was diagnosed until I was seventeen. I struggled in school with my grades and especially math, I was also in special education and nobody ever told me why I was in it, and it was really frustrating. I just felt like I was stupid and alot of the kids would bully me for being in the classes. Im almost nineteen now and I’ve never really known much about autism. I’m really trying to learn more about myself and my aspergers. All I know is that on the spectrum I’m high functioning. Videos like this one are really helpful to me, thank you very much.:)

  • Social situations for me have always been a challenge. I have an entire “wardrobe” of different social masks. It’s kind of exhausting �� I have a diagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder, but I’m pretty sure I’m an undiagnosed woman on the autistic spectrum. I either love socializing or I can’t do it at all. I wish it wasn’t this way and that talking to people wasn’t so hard

  • I had done some research as a teen and related to less than half most of the time. Didn’t know how to ask my parents I wanted to see a therapist for this test. I’m 25 and throughout my life, people always tell me I’m “weird”; I have to study “common sense”, have had a really hard time: understanding and making small talk but feel like I’ve leveled up (can’t say mastered it yet), getting sarcasm (when I try to be sarcastic, ppl think I’m serious but oddly enough, when I’m serious sometimes ppl think I’m being sarcastic??), making friends (until very recently, I had always felt like I didn’t belong in a group even if they said they were my friends), among other things. I’ve also noticed how intense and sensitive I can be, but also can be so cold when I don’t like someone ��. Definitely had to look into empathy and I’m happy to have understood it more bit by bit through the years. Also, found out just last year from my mom that my 2nd grade teacher had asked her and my dad if I was autistic and recommended a psychologist. Anyway, I should check that better help site out! Thanks for your videos, Kati ✨

  • i’ve spent 18 years feeling like something was wrong with me. things that were easy to bother me didn’t seem to affect other people, certain textures and sound would always make me feel icky and uncomfortable, i have always had a really hard time socializing and prefer to analyze people in order to mimick them and try to blend in. i thought all these things would go away as i grew older but they remained and made me feel weird and broken. i saw ONE tiktok talking about autism in girls and it made so much sense to me, so i started doing more research and even though i still want to wait to get a professional diagnosis, i’m pretty sure this was the puzzle piece that had been missing for so long. it is such a relief to know that i might not be broken, and that i am not alone. spending so many years crying because something felt different and wrong about me has brought me so much shame to my life but i can finally feel like things are starting to make sense. behaviours that i thought were just quirky or that i didn’t even pay attention to make so much sense now and make me wonder how could i have not known this sooner. i never thought something so simple as not knowing i have ASD would make such an impact throughout my life but i’m glad i’m starting to recognize it’s there and that there’s nothing wrong about it.

  • Okay. I find this so odd… I’m an HSP ( highly sensitive person) with social anxiety disorder who sometimes experiences light forms of dissociation. Am i now autistic? Like it’s just a big maze… how are you supposed to know? So many disorders overlaps with eachother in some way that i just find it unpleasant to label because everybody is different in some way…

  • It could be that we are understanding autism better and more able to diagnose. Lots of people are being diagnosed as adults now, because they were missed as children.