Study: Girls' autism symptoms may go unrecognized

09/17/2008 | BBC

Girls with mild autism display such different symptoms from their male peers that many may go undiagnosed, according to a new British study. Girls with autism were more likely to be obsessed with people and relationships while boys were more likely to display the repetitive behaviors more commonly associated with the disorder, the researchers said. "We shouldn't assume autism or Asperger syndrome will look the same in both sexes," said Simon Baron-Cohen, a University of Cambridge autism expert.

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