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Autistic Girls' Use of Language May Mask Social Difficulties – Psychology Today

Friday, 4 March, 2022

Autistic Girls' Use of Language May Mask Social Difficulties – Psychology Today

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In recent years, there has been increasing awareness that autistic girls tend to present differently than autistic boys. This often leads to the underdiagnosis (or delayed diagnosis) of girls with autism. Gender differences include an increased desire on the part of women and girls with autism to connect with others socially, as well as a greater attempt to camouflage—or "mask"—their autism; girls and women with autism may also present with different intense interests than boys and men.
One recent study on autism's gender differences, published in the journal Molecular Autism, focused on the language that autistic girls and boys used during semi-structured interviews by exploring social word use. When comparing autistic girls and boys between the ages of 6 and 15 with similar IQs and levels of autism, girls were shown to use far more social words—that is, words that make reference to other people, including family and friends—than their male counterparts. In particular, girls used significantly more words to talk about friends than boys did. Discussion about family was relatively consistent in both groups.
Read more at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/women-autism-spectrum-disorder/202203/autistic-girls-use-language-may-mask-social-difficulties

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