It's unfolding. I have to hand it to my class. This is the first time I have done an outline first. Normally I write, then edit/rearrange as necessary. The outline helped immensely and shows me exactly what I still need to research.
So far I still haven't done any writing.
I need an opening and thesis statement which I am still working on.
I am covering what autism is including diagnosis criteria and will cover Kanners, Aspergers and PDD-NOS and will also cover proposed changes for the DSM-V.
I am covering how autistic traits differ between girls and boys, particularly for high functioning autism including aggression v. internalization, difference in types of obsessions, social adaptation, cultural conditioning and peer protection. I am still debating if I am going into the additional risks to girls on the spectrum such as sexual predators and eating disorders.
I also plan on going into male v female brain, how sex hormones influence brain development and how autism fits in
I need to go over statistics and how the presentation of symptoms and possible underdiagnosis of girls (and evidence towards the overdiagnosis of boys) fits in.
I also have several theories about what could cause autism and why it may explain the higher number of boys who have it (multiple gene theory, sex linked gene theory, fetal testosterone theory, etc)
If I am missing anything, feel free to let me know. I think I can pull it off. I just needed to quit reading and start organizing