Autism and Women (World Autism Awareness Week)

Ref: C3533113

Different studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that the ratio of males to females diagnosed with autism is anything from 2:1 to 16:1. Irrespective of precise statistics, it is clear that more males are diagnosed with autism than females. This lecture examines some of the reasons why this may be so. Furthermore, the presentation of autism in females may be different than the presentation in males, and the signs and symptoms may be much more subtle. Through this course, we will learn that while there is no exclusively 'female' profile of autism, a more subtle presentation of autism, coupled with strategies such as masking and passivity, may lead to many females falling 'under the radar' for diagnosis. This has implications for the individuals later in life. Finally, we will learn from women and girls with autism, what it is like to be female and autistic and how this may affect domains such as work, parenting, relationships and so on.

Course aim

To provide a basic understanding of how autism may affect women and girls.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • state at least three reasons why more males than females may be diagnosed with autism.
  • state at least four characteristics that may present themselves in females with autism.
  • give at least one reason why females may be diagnosed when they are older.
  • state at least one example of diagnostic overshadowing

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This is an interactive lecture, so a good internet connection is required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Autism and Women (World Autism Awareness Week)

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