Journal of Intellectual Disability - Diagnosis and Treatment

Women & Girls on the Autism Spectrum: A Profile 
Pages 90-95
Wenn B. Lawson


Published: 16 October 2017


Abstract: Being female and autistic is poorly understood, but is autism really ‘rare’ in females? Historically, autism has been associated with traditionally masculine features and stereotypes of behaviour, with some believing autism only occurred in males [1]. This leads scientific enquiry to the critical question of whether there are more males living with autism or, conversely, do females on the autistic spectrum present differently to males and, therefore, are at risk of remaining undiagnosed?.

Keywords: Autism, Females, Presentation, Diagnosis, Gender.

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