Girls & Autism: It Can Be Subtle, Or Absent For Some At Risk

Oct 26, 2016 by

In this July 7, 2016, photo, Evee Bak, left, talks with her brother Tom Bak while they wait to talk with reporters at the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
In this July 7, 2016, photo, Evee Bak, left, talks with her brother Tom Bak while they wait to talk with reporters at the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges. The developmental disorder is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls are born without autism despite the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition.

The gender effect is a hot topic in autism research and one that could lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating a condition that affects at least 1 in 68 U.S. children.

Better understanding of gender’s role is key to helping the most people, said Kevin Pelphrey, an autism researcher at George Washington University. “Autism may not be the same thing in boys and girls.”

WHAT SCIENCE SHOWS

The causes of autism aren’t known but various genetic mutations are thought to play a role and outside factors including older parents and premature birth also have been implicated.

Brain imaging suggests there may be an additional explanation for why many girls with autism have more subtle symptoms, Pelphrey said.

“The surprising thing we are finding is that even in girls who clearly have autism,” brain regions involved in social behavior that are normally affected are less severely impaired, he said.

Recent studies on autism-linked genes have found another gender difference.

Girls can have the same kinds of genetic mutations seen in boys with autism, “and even need to have twice as many mutations on average to actually manifest with autism,” said Joseph Buxbaum, director of an autism center at Mount Sinai medical school in New York City.

Source: Girls & Autism: It Can Be Subtle, Or Absent For Some At Risk « CBS Chicago

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    Ned

    Does anyone HONESTLY take CBS news seriously?

    If symptoms are “subtle” it could very well be that they are developing slower compared to the average but this is NORMAL for them. We ALL develop at different rates. If the symptoms are “absent”. I strongly suggest they are NOT “autistic”.

    What I have seen is parents being told there is an issue with their child. Naturally caring parents want that addressed. Too often there is NOTHING WRONG with their child BUT this give the school MORE FEDERAL RESOURCES and MORE HIRING and MONEY to GROW THEIR EMPIRE. It has NOTHING to do with the child and ALL about teaching establishment.

    Here is a TRUE example. Someone we know well and in fact a FEW parents were confronted with this. BOYS were the target. According to the teaching establishment in the public school, the male student wasn’t “talking enough and interacting with teachers enough” so they viewed these boys as “delayed” and needing “therapy”. It turns out the BOYS were SHY and interested well with other students and MOST teachers. Many teachers aggressive with looking for more nonexistent problems for federal money and more programs to pad their pension money. You see when they retire their pension is based on what they EARNED.

    With ALL of these boys the parents at first considered this “therapy” and then after talking to us and other parents, rejected the “therapy”. The boys were relieved and finally confided in their parents that the TEACHERS were beginning to give them a complex that there was something wrong with them when there was NOTHING WRONG WITH them to begin with. All these boys are just fine. There never was a problem. One parent was threatened to be taken to court for “child abuse” in rejecting the “therapy” bu then backed off.

    The bottom line is, don’t believe all you hear from STRANGERS who are “teachers”. There is often a SELF SERVING motive behind it. Too may teachers do NOT care about kids and care more about their salaries and pensions. They ill not hesitate to have you r kids DRUGGED up too. Be careful out there.

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