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Girls and autism

3rd October 2017


Despite the increasing numbers of girls being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, girls are still less likely to be identified than boys. Research shows that this can be due to a number of reasons, such as girls being more able to interact socially through delayed imitation.  As a result, they are often not referred for diagnosis and miss out on suitable support.

Key learning:

  • Current research into girls on the spectrum
  • What’s the difference - how autism presents differently in girls
  • Diagnosis and how to apply the criteria.
  • Analysis of each section of the diagnostic criteria in relation to girls
  • Key problems that girls face - including anxiety, teen years and co-morbidity
  • Strategies to support girls on the spectrum and their families.

Who should attend

Anybody who works with girls or women who have ASD.

Facilitator bio

Sarah Hendrickx

Sarah has been a keynote autism speaker at national autism conferences in the UK and overseas and specialises in speaking on all aspects of autism and Asperger syndrome including relationships, women, gender differences (sometimes with her autistic partner, Keith), employment and alcohol. She has an unusually blunt and humorous speaking style which is more informal and 'says it like it is' more than many professionals. She has written six books on the subject of autism.

Sarah was diagnosed autistic with Asperger syndrome at the age of 43 - after she had written several books on the subject. Autism in women is so invisible that Sarah did not recognise it in herself! Sarah speaks openly about her wide and varied life experiences in her talks as an autism speaker, including 30+ failed jobs, life-long mental health difficulties and numerous disastrous relationships - all of which she shares with humour and brutal honesty


3rd October 2017
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Children in Scotland
0131 313 8827


Children in Scotland
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