Herald Scotland is reporting on research that suggests that females with autism are more likely to go undiagnosed and be vulnerable when it comes to relationships.
The research, which also shows that many girls underachieve at school despite being extremely capable because of the failure to diagnose, forms the basis of a new programme by the charity to help females who are on the autism spectrum.
Charlene Tait, development director at Scottish Autism, said: “We know from engaging and working with autistic girls and women that they have a great deal of potential but can also face many challenges.
“Girls who live on the spectrum, may not have the same social networks as their non-autistic peers so they may miss out on the informal learning that goes on among friendship groups and can be more vulnerable in relationships and other situations.”
The research revealed that – as well as underachieving – adolescent girls with autism can also be vulnerable to bullying and may develop health problems, including self-harm. While women with the condition, even those in employment, who are married with children of their own, can struggle to keep a job or maintain successful relationships without proper diagnosis and support. As a result, some incur mental health problems later in life.
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