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Sonya Summey
Gender Differences
Sat Jun 6, 2015 12:05

I have asked many of the same questions before. I have worked with probably around 7 or 8 boys who have autism, but I do not think that I have worked with any girls at all. I wonder if girls are overlooked more or if boys really are more likely to have autism. There is a lot of research being done with autism and I am curious as to what they find out.

  • What about gender? - Karley Ingold, Sat Jun 6 10:22
    I noticed in the study that I read and also in some of the videos that the studies leaned more towards male participants with one study being all male. This led me to have a few questions related to... more
    • reply to: What about gender? - Hunter Hastings, Sat Jun 6 21:58
      Being a special education major, we have discussed this a lot in my classes. Males are diagnosed more often that females. I think that we are not only diagnosing more children as a whole with ASD,... more
    • RE: What about gender - Stacy Huffman, Sat Jun 6 15:51
      Karley, you asked the question about male rates of autism. Interestingly I just did a research paper and used some of the research data presented by the CDC. According to the CDC: Boys were almost 5... more
    • Re: Karley - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat Jun 6 13:39
      You bring up some great questions! I have always wondered about these also because I have only known boys who had ASD. I hope more of these questions will be answered later on in the course.
    • Gender Differences - Sonya Summey, Sat Jun 6 12:05
    • What great questions! - Allison Powers, Sat Jun 6 10:56
      Those are all such great questions. I thought about that too. I realized that I have worked with at least six children with autism in the last few years and all of them have been boys. It seems so... more
    • Response to Karley - brownrf, Sat Jun 6 10:40
      I was noticing the same thing. I think that it may be because males are typically diagnosed with ASD but I could be wrong. Some things that I have noticed working with male and female students with... more
    • Reply: Gender - brawleyeo, Sat Jun 6 10:39
      I've noticed this about the tendency of more males to be included in studies than females as well - in ASD studies and in studies of other learning disorders also. I agree with you that it might have ... more
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