How autism affects boys & girls differently

Autism is a complex disorder and doctors say it affects boys and girls differently.        

For example, girls usually have less repetitive behavior like hand flopping or spinning.

Doctors say austistic girls also tend to have better vocabularies and word knowledge.

Meanwhile, autistic boys can get overly focused on their interests. Knowing the differences can lead to better individual treatment plans.  

Doctors say understanding the differences can also help them in their approach to diagnosing children.

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