Boys outnumber girls when it comes to diagnoses of autism – in fact, a recent study found that boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. Encompassing 4,000 British twins and about 6,000 Swedish twins, the study found that girls who are diagnosed with autism came from families with significantly greater risk levels.
This research is part of a growing body of academic literature that supports the notion that something is “protecting” girls from being on the autism spectrum. Hopefully scientists continue to pursue research that can pinpoint what exactly makes girls less likely to have autism than boys. This information could potentially lead to better treatments and perhaps even ways to prevent the most severe cases of autism.