How Girls & Boys with Autism Tell Stories May Be Key to Missed Diagnoses in Girls

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[Source:  Psych Central]

Boys are four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet a growing body of research shows that the condition is more common in girls than previously thought, suggesting that new methods are required to diagnose the disorder at younger ages.

Previous research suggests that how a child tells a story can predict certain social deficits tied to ASD. For example, it was believed that kids with autism use far fewer “cognitive process” words such as “think” and “know” during storytelling. And while past studies used primarily male participants, the results were assumed to generalize to girls.

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