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The Party: how can gender affect autism spectrum disorders? – Science Weekly podcast - The Guardian

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Last week, the Guardian’s Virtual Reality team released their latest film; ‘The Party’, which allows the viewer to step into the shoes of a 16-year-old with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Importantly, the viewpoint is that of a female. Surprised? It’s little wonder. Autism is often discussed in relation to males, and misdiagnosis of ASDs with other conditions is more common in females. But why do so many females fall through the diagnostic net? What techniques might they employ to cope with autism? And how can we improve the situation?

To help answer some of these questions, Nicola Davis speaks with University College London psychologist Dr William Mandy, who explains that diagnostic criteria has historically been skewed towards a typical male presentation of ASD. We also hear from Anglia Ruskin University PhD candidate, Hannah Belcher, whose own research into late diagnosis of ASD in females – as well as female-specific coping mechanisms – was driven by her own experience of autism, and her eventual diagnosis at the age of 23.

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