Many autistic women are not diagnosed until adulthood, often following a series of wrong diagnoses, burnout, and sometimes multiple suicide attempts.

Many autism experts agree that the majority of autistic women are not diagnosed until adulthood. Many may be missing diagnosis altogether. | Photo by Eutah Mizushima on Unsplash

The materials used to diagnose autism are biased towards male presentations of autism. This means that autistic males are far more likely to receive an autism diagnosis than autistic females.

Undiagnosed autistic females are more likely to be described as highly sensitive, shy, depressed, or diagnosed with conditions such as…

Undiagnosed autistic people almost always share the widespread outdated and stereotypical views of autism. It takes a diagnosis for most of us to discover what “spectrum” really means.

Sia at The Parish club, Austin, Texas, 2006.

We have a lot to learn from the Sia autism film controversy.

The wildly talented (and tormented) singer-songwriter, Sia, has faced a great deal of criticism for her upcoming movie, which cast an apparently non-autistic actor to play the role of an autistic character.

In addition to her long list of pop albums and collaborations (e.g., “Titanium” with David Guetta), Sia has…

This finding challenges the goal of universal autism screening in toddlers and suggests that many autistic children are not being diagnosed.

A recent study showed that current tools to diagnose autism in the first three years of life are not capable of identifying autism in most cases. Those diagnosed early typically display more significant or obvious cognitive delays. | Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

Most autistic children do not experience cognitive delays and they develop speech at similar times as their non-autistic peers. In fact, some autistic children speak earlier than average and do not miss major developmental milestones.

The main characteristics of many autistic children include:

Has your therapist been trained in the scientific method? Do they have a basic understanding of human physiology? Without this knowledge, they could be putting you in harm’s way.

Some critics of alternative and non-evidence-based psychological treatments say that all mental health professionals should be required to complete thorough scientific training. Without this training, they might be endangering their clients. | Photo by Michael Longmire on Unsplash

Over 97% of scientists in the natural and physical sciences — such as chemistry, biology, and physics — support evolutionary explanations, according to the Pew Research Center (2009). Indeed, it is almost impossible to be a scientist without ascribing to an evolutionary view.

However, in the social sciences and in…

The part of the human genome that makes our skin and hair look different is tiny compared to what we share. Race is 100% a social construct, though it is still being used as a biological category.

These two individuals share 99.9% of their genomes. There is no such thing as race at the biological level. | Photo by Mosa Moseneke on Unsplash

Those in certain minority groups are being hit harder by COVID-19 than others. In particular, the black population in America accounts for 33% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, while accounting for only 13% of the total population. Economic and social conditions drive these differences, not genetic or biologically-based ones.

Minority groups…

COVID-19 has more workers than ever working from home and, for some, it can be an especially challenging adjustment.

This employee is working from home, but she is doing two things wrong and one thing right. She’s dressed up for her work day but she’s sitting on her bed in a potentially uncomfortable position that could aggravate or cause back, shoulder, neck, and wrist pain. She should move to a desk and ensure an ergonomic set-up. | Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

Are you working from home for the first time due to coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions? Here are some simple ways to make the transition easier. These tips might be especially useful in the event that you’ll be working from home indefinitely.

Working from home can get old very quickly, so these…

Why do so many autistic girls and women fall through the diagnostic cracks?

Many autistic females are going undiagnosed until their 30s, 40s, 50s, or even later. Autistic females have some of the highest rates of suicide due to the mass failure of healthcare professionals to recognize the different ways that autism presents in girls, women, and those assigned female at birth (afab). More awareness about the female autism phenotype — or how autism presents in girls and women — is needed to protect the mental and physical health of individuals on the autism spectrum. | Photo by Bruce Christianson on Unsplash

Many autistic girls and women are not being properly diagnosed — some do not receive an autism diagnosis until their 30s, 40s, 50s, or even older.

Born with autism, a genetic neurodevelopmental condition associated with various social, neurological, and sensory difficulties, these girls and women are able to hide the…

Meditation is not everything it’s cracked up to be.

Photo by Isabell Winter on Unsplash

Though it’s often assumed that the ever-popular practice of meditating is a major tool for personal and interpersonal transformation, recent research has shown that meditation is just…well, meh. At least when it comes to the interpersonal realm.

Researchers at Coventry University in the UK, Massey University in New Zealand, and…

Kristen Hovet

North Dakota-born lifelong learner in the arts and the sciences. Resides in British Columbia.

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