We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. For the last year we have been raising two of our grand daughters 3 and 5 years old. My observation is not unique or dramatic but I am wondering if there is a factor here that is missed. The girls without exception between 2 and 13 were/are a pleasure and reasonably easy to care for. The boys without exception are constantly going, noisy, getting into things, require close supervision won't mind, destructive, etc. The girls all do well in school, the teachers like them, they bring home papers with stars on them and little notes of praise. The boys generally cause trouble in school, the teachers can't handle them, no stars the notes are in red pen and not complimentary. None of this is a suprise but my point is given the difference between the genders could autism also show up differently as well? That is more intense in boys and less intense in girls. More pronounced, more advanced, more obvious in boys simply because they are already hyper and over the top in their day to day actions.