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IAN study confirms that girls receive autism diagnosis later than boys

Date Published: 
April 28, 2015

An analysis of Interactive Autism Network (IAN) data by IAN researchers, including visiting scholar Dr. Biyuan Chen, a pediatrician from the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, found that girls with autism spectrum disorder are often diagnosed later than boys. The researchers attributed this to differences between the sexes in autism symptoms. Girls have less severe autistic mannerisms, they found.

IAN Director Paul H. Lipkin M.D. presented the findings today at the 2015 annual Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in San Diego, California.

Press coverage of the IAN study included:

For more coverage of this topic, see IAN articles such as Not Just for Boys: When Autism Spectrum Disorders Affect Girls and Are Girls with Autism Hiding in Plain Sight?