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Thursday

9:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Autism: Beyond the Male Presentation

La langue utilisée dans la description reflète la langue de la séance.

Males with autism far outnumber females, right? Not so fast. Recent investigations reveal a vast number of girls who are "hiding in plain sight." Furthermore, it may not only be females who are under identified; there is a significant overlap between autistics and queers. Some recommend autism clinics be sensitive to the potential of individuals whose gender is fluid, and they similarly suggest gender identity clinics be informed as to the possibility of autism. Therefore, we may need to heighten our awareness; and possibly cast a wider net in order to be more inclusive in our search for those who need an autism diagnosis.

Some may conclude that identification and support are not needed if in fact they are not being identified, however, that simply is not the case. Many of these individuals actually receive diagnoses, but typically in the psychiatric domain, not the developmental disability realm. Awareness and a correct diagnosis have the potential to prevent prolonged suffering with these individuals.

Learning objectives:

  • Examine the different presentations of autism as a function of gender, with an emphasis on the characteristics that all too often are missed. If these individuals are not identified, condition-specific support cannot be rendered.
Level

Intermediate

Intended Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Communication Health Assistants, Students

Age Group(s)

Pre-School (0-4), School Aged (5-17), Adult (18-64), Senior (65+)