Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan

Second Reader

Michael Mignard ;


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by communication challenges, difficulties in socialization, and the occurrence of restrictive, repetitive behaviors. Current data in the United States indicates that 1 in 44 children are diagnosed with autism. Males are diagnosed at a ratio of four to one compared to females. Evidence suggests that females with autism present differently than males. Current diagnostic criteria based on typical male presentation of autism may account for underidentification in females with ASD. This literature review explores the experience of females with autism, including diagnosis, differences in behavior, communication, social and emotional skills, and the lived experiences of females who have received an autism diagnosis.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis