J Autism Dev Disord. Raleigh Convention Center S. All listings Durham Orange Wake Other. School Behavior in Autism For many kids with ASD — but especially girls — parents say that their child manages to hold it together at school, but then comes home and has to release the pressure built up during a day of pretending to be someone else. Leslie knew something was different about her two-year-old daughter, Ann.
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Is there a cost to all the pretending? Research backs up the observations of parents like Leslie. And, particularly in the teen years, girls with autism appear to suffer anxiety and depression more often than boys with ASD or typically-developing girls. Carolina Urgent Care Centers. That may be due to a "gender bias" in diagnosis or because girls are able to adapt better to their condition than the boys, those scientists concluded.