Autistic females face greater difficulty carrying out daily tasks, finds study

Women and girls with autism may face greater challenges with real world planning, organisation and other daily living skills, than boys, according to an analysis.

The findings showed that girls were struggling more with these independence skills of executive function including the ability to make a plan, get organised, and follow through on the plan as needed, and adaptive skills such as the ability to perform basic daily tasks like getting up and dressed or making small talk.

“Our goal was to look at real world skills, not just the diagnostic behaviours we use clinically to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD), to understand how people are actually doing in their day-to-day lives,” said Allison Ratto, psychologist at Children’s National Health System in the US.

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16th July 2017
Hindustan Times