Autism is a very complex disorder, with varying degrees of severity and different effects depending on gender.
Tom Frazier, PhD, a researcher who studies autism at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, says there are some known differences in the ways autism effects boys versus girls.
Effects of Autism
Dr. Frazier is leading a study he hopes will pinpoint even more differences between autistic boys and girls — and eventually lead to individual treatment plans.
“It might develop into different ways we approach diagnosis or develop screenings for treatments,” explains Dr. Frazier. “For example, if we see a subgroup of girls that specifically need particular kinds of intervention, whether it be social thinking intervention, or intervention for challenging or impulsive behavior, then we can have those interventions ready.”
Dr. Frazier hopes to have the initial results of the study by early 2013.