“The women I work with are often diagnosed because their children are being diagnosed and they recognise similar traits in themselves.”
But others, like autistic scientist and author Dr Camilla Pang, disagree with this. She noted: “I feel autistic women are more likely to be described as ‘anxious’ and an autism diagnosis overlooked,” National Autistic Society shared.
The charity lists different reasons for misdiagnosis, ranging from autism signs in women being under-reported to research mainly focusing on the effects of testosterone on brain development.
Hayward put together a list of signs that can be found in girls specifically.