Understanding Girls on the Spectrum by Prof. Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

Many women on the autism spectrum deliberated about whether or not they should seek a formal diagnosis, weighing up the potential costs and benefits. Once making that sometimes difficult and painful decision, there is a long and time consuming road ahead before they find someone with the knowledge to make an accurate diagnosis. Research shows that at the time of…

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The Pleasure and the Pain of Intimate Relationships by Dr Michelle Garnett, Clinical Psychologist

Being in an intimate relationship with someone is one of the most intensely joyful and painful experiences we can have. The ecstasy of finding love, being in love, and loving someone is so incredibly uplifting that most people would declare that they ”would rather have loved and lost than never have loved at all.”  Being in love with someone with…

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Camouflaging: Girls and Women with Autism by Prof Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

Until recently, the gender ratio for autism was estimated as four boys for each girl. However, clinicians are increasingly receiving referrals for diagnostic assessments of girls and women, and a recent research study has established a ratio of two to one (Rutherford, McKenzie and Johnston 2016). Why have we not previously diagnosed the true prevalence of autism in girls and…

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Turning Game Time into Brain Time: Developing Social Skills Using Minecraft by Luke Blackwood, Registered Psychologist

Minecraft is an open world video game that has become popular amongst children and adolescents, particularly neurodiverse youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Minecraft is often compared to virtual LEGO as it involves using blocks to build structures in an online world by mining for resources and creating tools. This game can be played solo or on online platforms called…

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