Autism In Girls vs Boys

Autism In Girls vs Boys

Did you know that autism in boys is very different than autism in girls?

First of all, boys are five times more likely to be diagnosed than girls. When in 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism that makes it a big deal.

Boys are at greater risk for the varied genetic causes of autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Boys' genetic issues are more pronounced while more severe genetic mutations are found in girls with autism. Boys are more often diagnosed because they favor more severe and problematic symptoms observed in boys. That's why boys are diagnosed more, and earlier in development than girls do.

Girls are often diagnosed later in childhood, adolescence or even young adulthood.

Some girls are missed completely and never get the support they need. Girls may be better at imitating socially appropriate behaviors and tend to have fewer behavioral problems than boys.

When we were seeking a diagnosis for Ryley, we had to fight so hard. One doctor would say that girls don't get autism. One would say Ryley has a close emotional bond with her dad and me so she can't have autism. We quickly learned that it is not abnormal for girls to be affectionate, form connections and even be social. Did you know that Ryley has done several beauty pageants? She thrives and enjoys pageants. Yes, they can be a struggle but she honestly loves them. I feel the more sociable the girl the harder it is to get an official diagnosis.

Also, anxiety is a major issue with girls and boys but boys tend to blow up from anxiety more frequently and more severe. Where many girls with anxiety tend to cry or hold it in. Due to boys and girls' symptoms being very different and at different ends of severity, girls often get left behind unless their form of autism runs on the severe end. Girls with Aspergers tend to be the most difficult to get diagnosed.

Whether you have a boy or a girl, if you suspect autism push for help as early intervention is a huge key to success

With early intervention, we are giving our children the tools and opportunities to learn those crucial skills needed in life.

Boys and girls also have very different needs and very different sensory needs. Find what goes well for your child and go with it. Like all children, our kids grow and develop at their own pace. Let them bloom in their own time, you may be surprised with what happens.

I want you to always remember that it does not matter if it is a boy or a girl. Autism does not discriminate. There are no actual known causes. It just happens then we as the parent step in to help give our child the best life possible.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JENN EGGERT

is a 35-year-old mother of two. Jenn's daughter, Ryley was disagonsed with autism at the age of 4. Jenn is also the host of our weekly Facebook Live show, Ask an Autism Mom.

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