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The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) states that social communication deficits can be present alongside a wide variety of diagnoses and are characterized by the difficulties in the usage of language in social contexts, which can affect language expression and comprehension ("Autism spectrum disorder," n.d.). "Research reveals that males are 4 times more likely to receive a diagnosis of ASD compared to females" (Fletcher, 2022). The criteria for diagnosis are viewed in terms based on a male's inability to present appropriate social communication and pragmatic skills. This oftentimes leads to missed or inaccurate diagnoses for females. The literature reviewed will provide research on differences between males and females- their social communication deficits, how those deficits are perceived by others, and how this impacts the diagnosis itself. By recognizing the unique characteristic differences between the two genders, females will have more opportunity for an accurate and timely diagnosis, along with treatment options best suitable for them.
Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, Neurodevelopmental disorder, Diagnosis, Screening tools, Gender, Females
Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology
College of Education and Allied Health
Communication Disorders and Deaf Education
Master of Science (MS)
Fontbonne University Archives
St. Louis, MO
Guffey, Riley, "Females with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)" (2023). 2023 SLP Posters. 23.
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