AUTUMN (age 9) lives in Westfield, MA with her mother Yvette and father.
"Autumn was diagnosed with Autism and Hyperlexia at 3 years old. We noticed something was different when she could read better than she could talk, which lead to her reading her first book at 21 months. Later, we noticed speech and communication delays that put us on a path to a diagnosis."
Although autism is more prevalent in boys, girls often fly below the radar and are diagnosed much later in life. Girls may be quick to “copy” social interaction in an attempt to “fit in” with their peers. New research also suggests the disorder often looks different in females, many of whom are being misdiagnosed and missing out on the support they need because the research has focused on boys.