Healthy Living: New study suggests autism is underdiagnosed in girls

In tonight’s healthy living, a closer look at autism, a developmental disorder characterized by troubles with social interaction and communication.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, autism affects 1 in 68 children.

Research shows autism is 4.5 times more prevalent in boys than girls, but a new study led by the Children’s National Health System shows when it comes to diagnosing autism in children, it’s often missed in girls.

They’re flying under the radar, undiagnosed and untreated because their symptoms are different.

The study comes as no surprise to Sally J. Pla. She’s an award-winning author who writes novels featuring characters with autism. In fact, she has just recently been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, although she says she’s shown symptoms for her entire life. She said she began to suspect she had autism while writing her first novel, “The Someday Birds: A book dedicated to her autistic son.”

Sally J. Pla will be available for autographs at a book signing at the La Jolla Library on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.

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