Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum: An introduction

Much of the way we frame 'typical' autistic features is based on case studies of predominantly male participants. 'Atypical' autism, or the phenotype present in many women on the spectrum, differs in presentation with key implications for clinical practice and support. Historically, women and girls with ASD have been under diagnosed and under-represented in literature owing to this bias. This talk seeks to elaborate to professionals the ways in which female autism tends to differ in presentation, as well as the greater extent to which it is masked (including comorbid concerns). This is in order to improve the clinical assessment and psychotherapeutic service to individuals on the spectrum.



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