Purple tinted image of a woman and a young girl lying on a beach and smiling at each other. Superimposed over the image is white text reading 'Autistic Girls and Women' and the presenters names, Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

Autistic Girls and Women

This presentation will celebrate the unique presentation of autistic girls and women. It will increase awareness and knowledge of the female presentation of ASD and share strategies we find useful in clinical practice. We will address key challenges, including self-understanding, adolescence, relationships and expressing and managing emotions. We will provide strategies to maximise the possibility of successful outcomes.

Who Will Benefit?

  • Parents and family members
  • Autistic girls and women
  • Health and educational professionals who see children and/or adolescents with autism as part of their practice, including psychologists, teachers, teachers assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, GPs, paediatric psychiatrists, paediatricians, counsellors, social workers, mental health nurses, nurse practitioners – mental health, and developmental educators

This presentation celebrates the unique presentation of girls and women on the autism spectrum. The presentation will equip the participant to:

  • Understand why autistic girls and women are under diagnosed
  • Recognise camouflaging and compensation coping mechanisms
  • Recognise the ways the profile of abilities for autistic girls may be different to boys at different stages of development
  • Appreciate the different pathways to diagnosis in autistic adolescent girls and women
  • Utilise two new screening tools (QAS-C) designed to identify the characteristics of ASD level 1 in children and adolescents and in women
  • Understand issues regarding self-identity and low self-esteem for autistic girls and women
  • Strategies to enhance the concept of self
  • Learn activities in a group programme (Being Me) developed for teenage girls with ASD
  • Recognition of the effects of alexithymia and empathic attunement on the ability to experience and express emotions
  • Strategies to recognise and regulate emotions
  • The value of Energy Accounting to reduce the depth and duration of depression
  • Understanding how Polyvagal theory can facilitate emotion management
  • Learn strategies to develop friendship skills in childhood and adolescence
  • Choose resources to improve social reasoning abilities
  • Understand issues regarding adult relationships especially vulnerability, sexuality and being a mother
  • Learn best ways for seeking and maintaining employment

When: 9.30am-4.00pm (AEST Brisbane) Friday 28th October 2022

Where: Webinar online

Presented by: Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

Cost: $195.00 or $230.00 Full Price.  Cost may be claimable from NDIS funding if you are Self-Managed or Plan Managed.

Find out more and register online