Mild autism in girls may go undetected

September 17, 2008 2:28:13 PM PDT
Autism is thought to affect four times as many boys as girls, but a new study suggests this may not be the case. Researchers suspect many girls with mild autism are not being diagnosed. A study at the University of Cambridge looked at hundreds of boys and girls with autistic spectrum disorders.

Researchers found the girls showed different symptoms that traditionally associated with the disorder.

Girls with mild autism were more likely to have obsession interests centered around people and relationships. Boys with autism tend to have symptoms such as repetitive behavior.

Researchers also suspect girls are better at masking difficulties in order to fit in with peers.