Girls with autism may mask condition with social skills

Researchers are looking into a gender effect in autism diagnoses. Image: AP Photo/Seth Wenig   Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges. The developmental disorder is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls are born without autism despite the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition.The gender effect is a hot topic in autism research and one that could lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating…
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