Hawaii Celebrates Girls’ Day 7

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I decided Girls’ Day might be the best time to bring up a topic dear to those of us who are mothers of girls on the autism spectrum.  Why is it that girls on the spectrum are not getting equal time when it comes to studies, and why are some doctors still down playing or misinterpreting symptoms in girls?  Read more about this in an October 1010, article from Science Daily by clicking on this link:  Girls with autism or ADHD symptoms not taken seriously, study suggests.

Researchers in Boston have been studying electroencephalograms (EEGs) of babies and believe they can detect which babies are most likely to develop autism, but get this, they note that the accuracy rate for girls was only 80 percent at age six months and it dropped to 60 percent after that.  Whereas, the boys accuracy rates were not even significant at six months and were nearly 100 percent at nine months, dropping to 70 to 90 percent  by twelve months.  You can read about it at this link:  New test to detect autism in babies? – Daily Dose – Boston.com.

The above study seems to indicate studies done on boys are not valid for the girls.  So why aren’t more studies being done on the girls?

I find all of this worrisome.  How many girls are we preventing from achieving their full potential by denying them understanding?  What do you think?  Do you know of ways we can help to change this?