Temper tantrums up odds of autism diagnosis in girls

Girls who show severe emotional or behavioral problems are more likely to be diagnosed with autism than those who do not, suggests a new study.

The findings may help to explain why some girls with autism go undiagnosed or are diagnosed later than boys.

Girls in the study were just as likely as boys to show certain autism features, such as poor awareness of social cues. But “having these traits is not necessarily enough for a diagnosis,” says senior investigator Kirstin Greaves-Lord, head of the Autism Research Collaboration at Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital and Yulius Mental Health in the Netherlands.

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9th February 2017