Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Autism: Did you know that the First World Autism Awareness Day...

...was celebrated on April 2, 2008 after the United Nations Assembly voted on Nov 2007 to establish this day. April is also Autism Awareness Month.

Observing the Autism Awareness Month I would like to leave you with this question?

Why are boys far more likely to develop autism than girls?


Asked by Sunny405 at 9:46 AM on Mar. 24, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Level 1 (0 Credits)
This question is closed.
Answers (5)
  • During gestation boys brains naturally develop differently and at a slower pace than girls. Neurotypically developing girls tend to talk earlier than neurotypically developing boys. The reason for so many children ending up on the spectrum, is because the spectrum has been redefined to encompass more delays of varying degrees. It's not so much MORE children "getting" autism as it is giving a name to developmental delays or disabilities.

    WHERE in the brain pathways are damaged or undeveloped determines the severity of Autism. Both of my boys have high-functioning autism (Aspergers). They have difficulty conversing freely or relating to others. We have recently begun a Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)--a parent lead program that specifically addresses DYNAMIC intelligence (personality, expressiveness, communication) as opposed to STATIC intelligence ("book smarts")--which for our boys is well above age/grade level.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:03 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • Sunny405

    Answer by Sunny405 at 10:00 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • Thanks for the info OP.

    Question, is Autism more prevalent now than say, 20 years ago? And is Autism on the rise globally, or just in North America?


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:22 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • Lorikeet Thank you for your answer.

    Answer by Sunny405 at 10:22 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • "ASD is the fastest growing neurobiological condition in the world. With prevalence numbers rising exponentially over the last six decades, more and more families are living with ASD than ever before. In the United States, one in every 150 American children will have ASD, and it is estimated that figure is one in every 90 boys. Western Europe and Canada carry similar, if not higher numbers, and Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa also face challenges due to their rising numbers and the increasing obstacles to accessing care."

    URL Autism Society of America


    Answer by Sunny405 at 10:30 AM on Mar. 24, 2009