Autism study: New research identifies gender differences

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23 Nov 2019, 7:05 am

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Young boys in America are diagnosed with autism four times more often than girls, and researchers want to figure out why. New research reveals language may play a crucial role.

It turns out, girls use different kinds of words to retell a story than boys do -- words like "I think" and "I feel." And that very language separator may mask autism in girls.

She's bright and creative. Eleven-year-old Caroline Robb has autism, which is challenging when she's trying to fit in with other preteens in middle school.

"I used to run around by myself on the playground," said Robb. "I didn't really get to talk to a lot of people. I kind of sat out a lot."

She uses "feeling" words to describe her situation, and that's what makes her different from boys with autism. They usually only use concrete words.




https://abc7.com/health/autism-study-ne ... s/5710695/


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23 Nov 2019, 7:28 am

I have a feeling like I read something like this before.
They didn't link the "new study".
Maybe the article was posted today but the study is a few months old and I have already read about it.


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23 Nov 2019, 8:02 am

https://molecularautism.biomedcentral.c ... 019-0268-2 . This was from March .


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23 Nov 2019, 10:05 am

firemonkey wrote:
https://molecularautism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13229-019-0268-2 . This was from March .

Makes sense.


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23 Nov 2019, 1:01 pm

Fun self-observation:
I consciously say "I feel" when talking to American or British women, and "I think" when talking to men and German speaking people.

I also feel like a sociopath doing it, but it seems to do the job of communicating in the same language.


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