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Autism in Females: Overlooked & Underserved
This is a Live 2 CE Credit Hours Interactive Webinar.
Saturday, August 14, 2021 9-11 AM Pacific/12-2 PM Eastern

Autism spectrum disorder in more often missed in females than in males. Women without a correct diagnosis are often saddled with inappropriate and ineffective labels (such as bossy or picky) and diagnoses (such as borderline personality disorder or bipolar disorder). This introductory/intermediate webinar will discuss the state of autism diagnosis in females, why it is essential, and how to recognize spectrum qualities in girls and women. The webinar will end with a presentation of case examples along with time for questions from the viewing audience.

For those unable to attend, CE credits (though not live) will be available by viewing the recording and taking the post-test and evaluation. To be eligible for Live CE credits, you must be logged in the entire time. Entry to the webinar will be closed 5 minutes after the scheduled start time.

Webinar Outline
1. Overview of Diagnostic Disparities Between Males and Females on the Autism Spectrum
2. Reasons Females May Fly Under the Diagnostic Radar
• social behavior
• internalizing features
• traditional female stereotypes
3. Common Misdiagnoses and Associated Diagnoses
4. Why A Correct Diagnosis Matters
• risks of a missing diagnosis
• benefits of a correct diagnosis
5. Characteristics of Autism in Females
• social communication and relationships
• camouflaging
• restricted repetitive behaviors
6. The Impact of Hormone Shifts on Autism Characteristics
• puberty
• menstruation
• pregnancy
• menopause
7. Clinical Examples
• adolescent
• adult
• mature adult

Aug 14, 2021 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Theresa Regan, PhD
Theresa Regan, PhD, is a rare combination of adult neuropsychologist (specialist in brain-behavior relationships), parent of an amazing teen on the autism spectrum, and certified autism specialist with the IBCCES. She is deeply grateful to bring validation, hope, and purpose to individuals and their families living on the autism spectrum. With this mission at its core, she founded and directs the OSF HealthCare Adult Diagnostic Autism Center in central Illinois. Her books include Understanding Autism in Adults and Aging Adults and Understanding Autistic Behaviors. Her podcast Autism in the Adult can be found wherever you listen. For more information and to join her new online autism community for free visit www.adultandgeriatricautism.com.