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Research finds that autism develops differently in girls than boys

Local care providers offer a perspective on caring for Autistic individuals during the pandemic

SPIN teacher Anne McCrane tosses a preschool student around during playtime.

 Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

SPIN teacher Anne McCrane tosses a preschool student around during playtime.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder is an equal opportunity condition, affecting all ethnic and and socioeconomic groups.

Boys, however, are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. Now new research into how Autism affects the brains of boys and girls is highlighting the need for greater understanding of this in order to better match the right treatment for each child.

Kevin Pelphrey, PhD, autism expert at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and UVA’s Brain Institute is the lead research investigator in this new study and he appears on Smart Talk Friday.

Early intervention, and a continuity of care after diagnosis, affords the best opportunity to support healthy development in children and adults with ASD. Joining Smart Talk to discuss how they provide these services are Holly Turner, Director of Advocacy and Laken Wilson, Senior Advocate, both with The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC)


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