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Girls Can Mask Autism Better Than Boys

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More than 3.8 million Americans live with Autism, and it is estimated that 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed as being on the spectrum. While the general myth is that autism is a male-dominated condition, new research shows that this may not be true.

Currently, the ratio of males to females diagnosed with autism is 4:1. But the late Lorna Wing set out in her life to prove that just because women are less likely to be diagnosed with autism, doesn't mean they're less likely to live with it.

Lorna Wing passed away in 2014, but her research will impact generations to come.The Telegraph

Wing studied how each gender interacts with autism, and how assessing autism in patients has become dependent on looking at male-centric traits. Women who do struggle with autism have expressed their dissatisfaction in how the condition is diagnosed, saying there needs to be a change.

Currently, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by deficits in "social communication and interaction, allied to restricted repetitive behaviors and interests."

So what is it that has women frustrated by this equation?

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