What Female Autism Looks Like To Professionals

Autism.org.uk have launched a new online module to support clinicians with the challenges of diagnosing autism in women and girls.

What Female Autism Looks Like To Professionals

Women and Girls online Autism training.

Autism.org.uk have launched a new online module to support clinicians with the challenges of diagnosing autism in women and girls.

The training is designed for professionals, but autistic women, their families and others will find the content helpful in understanding the differences autistic women may experience. Developed with autistic women and leading clinicians the content is interactive and features exercises, reflective activities and short film clips. The module has been funded by the Pears Foundation, which means they are able to offer it free.

It will take up to two hours to complete but you do get a legitimate certificate

“Historically it was thought that women and girls were less likely to be autistic, however recent research has highlighted the challenges in identifying autism in women and girls. It is now recognised from research, clinical practice and anecdotal reports that many autistic females or those who demonstrate the less traditionally obvious traits of autism are not recognised. This can result in misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, or women and girls not being diagnosed at all.

It is often said that the differences that autistic women and girls experience are of a more subtle presentation, or may appear so to others. Some autistic women and girls feel that they are masking their autism to try and hide the fact that they feel different. They may copy behaviour from others around them, and can be exhausted by the constant effort to appear similar to other people, or might be unaware they are ‘masking’ in the first place. This more subtle presentation of autism is also a major barrier to clinicians and other professionals recognising autism and understanding the experiences of autistic women and girls.

As a result of this many women report feeling unsupported and not fully understanding themselves potentially resulting in mental health problems.

This module aims to support diagnosticians to better understand autistic female characteristics and therefore enhance confidence to diagnose those individuals successfully.”

The philosophy of all our online modules is to put the autistic voice at the centre. This module has been developed in conjunction with autistic women and leading clinicians. Contributors have included a focus group of autistic women, autistic content writers including Lana Grant, Sarah Hendrickx and Dr Wenn Lawson and clinicians including Dr Judith Gould.

The module should take approximately 120 minutes to complete and will have a range of interactive features including exercises and scenario based learning, reflective activities, short film clips and questions to ask.

While managed by the NAS, the project will also be overseen by the Autism and Girls forum. The forum is an external reference group which was formed to raise awareness of autism in women and girls. Content development has also included filming with several autistic women and three leading clinicians, including Dr Judith Gould. Dr Gould has also been involved in reviewing the content.”


Simply register and begin the module. It can be completed over as many sessions as you choose.

Create a new account HERE
Select the ‘Women & Girls’ module.
Begin watching.




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