Why is it that we know a lot about the presentation of autism in boys, yet comparatively little about these conditions in girls? Although girls presenting with autism were noted by Kanner as far back as the 1940s, past research on autism has mostly focused on boys. Kopp (2010) has attributed this situation to the prevalence of developmental disorders in males coupled with a much higher rate of clinical referral in males. Could it also be that they weren’t being picked up because the presentation of autism in girls differs from that in boys?
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