Women and Girls with Autism

Why Focus on Women and Girls with ASD?

ACT’s 2018 Focus on Research Conference provided two days of fascinating insights into the complexities of identifying and treating women and girls with autism. Researchers are increasingly recognizing that autism affects women and girls differently than males. Delays in diagnosis are common, reducing access to services, with implications for long-term mental health and employment prospects.

These presentations feature recent research, with a focus on the experience and perspectives of women and girls with autism.

Presentations will be released weekly in January and February 2019. Visit this page for new releases or visit Autism Videos at ACT for more videos.

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Special Challenges Faced by Mothers with ASD

Special Challenges Faced by Mothers with ASD

This panel presentation and discussion provides a rare opportunity to better understand the perspective of autistic mothers who also have children with autism. Introduced and moderated by Dr. Grace Iarocci.

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The Experience of Women with ASD – A Panel Presentation by Women with ASD

The Experience of Women with ASD – A Panel Presentation by Women with ASD

This panel was considered a highlight of our 2018 conference. This is your opportunity to learn from the fascinating insights provided by these four remarkable autistic women. Introduced and moderated by Dr. Rene Jamison, University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Understanding the Needs of Girls and Women on the Autism Spectrum

Understanding the Needs of Girls and Women on the Autism Spectrum

In this talk, Dr. Mandy provides a developmental perspective on the characteristics of autism in females; an in depth look into the implications of the widespread practice by women and girls of “social camouflaging” their autism; their mental health needs – with a focus on eating disorders.

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Improving the Recognition of Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum

Improving the Recognition of Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum

In this thought provoking presentation, Dr. William Mandy shares his research into the characteristics of autism in females, the implications for diagnosis, and ways of improving recognition, with a focus on practical ways of improving clinical and educational practice.

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Practical Strategies for Supporting Mental Wellness of Teenage Girls and Women with ASD

Practical Strategies for Supporting Mental Wellness of Teenage Girls and Women with ASD - Dori Zener

Girls and women with autism are often hard to identify due to their polished rote social skills and internalized ASD characteristics. Dori Zener's presentation will teach the audience how to adapt clinical practice to address the needs of women on the spectrum.

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Girls and Women with Eating Disorders – Why are ASD and ADHD Missed?

Girls and Women with Eating Disorders – Why are ASD and ADHD Missed - Christopher Gillberg

Professor Christopher Gillberg discusses the onset of eating disorders, which tend to affect girls and women rather than boys and men, usually begins in puberty or early adult life, but in many cases it has been preceded by early onset neurodevelopmental problems, including ASD and ADHD.

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Upcoming videos

  • Girls Night Out: Lessons learned from a unique intervention for girls with ASD

    Girls Night Out: Lessons learned from a unique intervention for girls with ASD

    Dr. Rene Jamison, Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD), University of Kansas Medical Center

  • Sex Matters: The secondary impact of low prevalence for girls and women with autism

    Sex Matters: The secondary impact of low prevalence for girls and women with autism

    Dr. Rene Jamison, Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD), University of Kansas Medical Center

  • Setting Priorities for Future Research

    Setting Priorities for Future Research

    Panel presentation introduced and moderated by Dr. Anthony Bailey, University of British Columbia, BC

This series is supported by:

CIRCA

The video production of this learning stream on women and girls with autism has been sponsored by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Reesarch and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) at the University of British Columbia.

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University has co-sponsored this ACT event and provided event support.