In most countries, four times as many boys as girls are diagnosed as being ‘on the autism spectrum”. Many of the girls that are diagnosed are diagnosed late. Why is that?

One reason for late diagnosis is that the girls’ behaviour may not fit the stereotypes associated with autism. Whereas boys may have obsessive interests linked to topics that may not be typical for other boys their age, such as models of cars or names of banks, girls may have interests similar to those of their peers, such as horses or unicorns.

Misdiagnosis may also play a role in the identification of girls and women with autism. Dr. Susan F. Epstein, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist says that girls struggling with undiagnosed autism often develop depression, anxiety or poor self-esteem, and clinicians may not “really dig underneath to see the social dysfunction” caused by autism.

Girls may also ‘get by’ for longer than boys. They may more successfully imitate the behaviour of others, without really understanding it. Then, suddenly it seems, in early teenage years, their difficulties in social situations may emerge. Flexible thinking, planning coursework and working in teams at school may all cause more stress than anticipated.

Inclusion4all is pleased to work in conjunction with Brenda Grund of Centrum Spectra to offer two workshops with a specific focus on girls and women with an autism spectrum disorder. Brenda is a mental healthcare professional who is on the autism spectrum herself and offers professional support to other women.

The 2 workshops cover the following topics:

1.Helping your daughter on the autism spectrum to thrive
Guidance for parents with a daughter on the autism specrum.How is autism different in girls? How can you support your daughter at home and in school? What can you do to support social opportunities? What resources are available to parent an autistic daughter?
2.Adult women on the autism spectrum
How is autism different in women? How do I get a proper diagnosis for myself or my family member? How can I cope effectively with daily challenges? What should I tell others about my autism?

There are currently no dates planned. Send an email to info@inclusion4all if you would like to be notified when new dates are announced.

Inclusion4all’s Expertise Centre: Vuursteen 8, 2496 RZ in Den Haag

Situated at the end of Ypenburg shopping centre, close to Trams 15 and 19 and a short distance from A4 and A13, the Expertise Centre is easily accessible from The Hague, Delft, Zoetermeer and surrounding areas. There is free parking in the streets around the Centre.

The cost per session is €75 per person. If two people book on the same form then there is a 10% discount: €135 for both people.