Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Gender may mask symptoms in girls with undiagnosed autism

Eight-year-old Kaede Sakai has autism. "I had a really hard time getting her diagnosed," said her mom, Kristi. (ABC News)

Even with two brothers with autism and her mother's hunch that something was wrong, Kaede Sakai's own autism wasn't easily diagnosed. Girls with autism are more concerned with pleasing adults, controlling their anger and interacting with peers, says Brenda Myles, who specializes in girls with autism. ABC News/Nightline

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