Different experiences of autism
It can be helpful to know that autism can present differently in girls - and that some autistic girls mask or camouflage their autistic traits more than boys do. Teachers at school may also be less likely to report autistic traits in girls. This means autism can sometimes be missed and a diagnosis may not be given until later in life.
Some parents have also found that professionals can miss or misdiagnose autistic traits in Black and Minoritised children because they make assumptions about their behaviour, language ability and cultural background. Professionals may not be able to offer culturally specific support, which can also create barriers around getting a diagnosis and accessing help. As with girls, this may sometimes lead to later diagnoses and missed opportunities for support.
It’s important to understand that autism looks different for different people. Autistic children and young people come from all backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures – and can be of any gender or identity.