When it comes to autism, it’s not just black and white. Studies have recently shown that females show signs of autism that are different than males. Sometimes they’re even difficult to miss, especially in cases of high functioning autism. A higher intelligence level may allow them to mask their symptoms which won’t be revealed until their pre-teen or teen years.
Here are a few signs that your daughter may show if she is in fact autistic:
- Similar to boys, your daughter is unusually sensitive to bright lights, loud noises, strong smells, and other sensory challenges.
- Age-inappropriate “meltdowns”, or a low frustration level, is another key sign.
- Depression, moodiness, or excess anxiety
- Your daughter is unusually shy in social situations or apprehensive to participate in group activities or other challenging social situations. Being extremely or unusually passive.
- She relies on friends (usually female) to lead conversations and communicate for them.
- Difficulty making and keeping friends due a lack of social cues. For example, she may not understand facial cues, expressions from others. As she gets older and conversations get more complex, she may have even more difficulty communicating in social situations.
- Has had or frequently has epileptic seizures.
- Restricted topics of interest without any interest in others. Her conversation will solely focus on her interests alone. She may be extremely passionate about certain aspects of things without grasping the entirety. A great example is being extremely interested in a character of the show, but not knowing anything about the actual premise of the show.
Please note that no one sign is enough to declare autism. If you notice multiple issues, please contact our office to meet with one of our genetic counselors who can provide you information on genetic testing to see if in fact your child carries the autism genes. Genetic testing can guide the diagnosis and even treatment of autism.