This presentation aims to celebrate the unique presentation of autistic girls and women. The presentation will equip participants to:
- Understand why autistic girls and women are underdiagnosed
- 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 autism in children, 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 autistic teenage girls
- 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
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About the speakers
Prof Tony Attwood PhD With a remarkable career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is one of the world’s foremost specialists on Autism. Holding an Honour’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Surrey, and a PhD from the University of London, his credentials are a testament to his expertise. Currently serving as an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland, Professor Attwood’s impact has enriched the global understanding of autism.
Alongside Dr Michelle Garnett, Professor Attwood co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, driven by the shared goal of enhancing autism awareness and understanding. Their shared vision seeks to reshape the narrative surrounding autism to create a world where autism is embraced, and the diverse strengths, talents, and perspectives of autistic individuals are celebrated. This transformative narrative fosters a more inclusive and accepting society, benefitting all its members.
Renowned for his extensive contributions to understanding Asperger’s Syndrome, now commonly referred to as autism, Professor Attwood has authored numerous publications on the subject. His seminal book, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals debuted in 1998, resonated globally and has since found its voice in over 25 languages, making his insights accessible across cultures and continents.
With a dedicated commitment to practical application, he has run a private practice for 30 years, only recently closing his books due to a long waiting list. Beyond his clinical work, he dedicates significant time to travel, sharing insights and knowledge through workshops and seminars across national and international platforms.