Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Girls with autism face adjustments in middle school

As Maggie grew older, her parents Rick and Laura suspected more and more that their daughter had autism. They knew that boys usually were diagnosed with autism more frequently than girls were. In fact, boys have 4 to 5 times more of a chance to be identified with autism than girls do. For girls, current statistics indicate that 1 in 315 have autism. In Maggie’s case, her cousin had been diagnosed with autism as a toddler. The question for her family was whether Maggie had autism, too. Like Maggie, some girls who are socially awkward may initially learn how to "fit in" with their peers. Later on, as social nuances become more difficult to understand, high functioning girls with autism have increasing difficulties relating to the classmates.

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