Mental Health, Sex, and Gender Considerations in Autism
2021-01-19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Autistic individuals are more likely to experience heightened mental health challenges across the life span than individuals in the general population. In addition, the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of autism and co-occurring psychiatric conditions are significantly influenced by sex and gender related factors, although these factors have not received adequate research attention, as yet. In this presentation, we will discuss important mental health considerations to improving the well-being of autistic individuals across developmental stages, sex and gender considerations, and current evidence-base and promising new avenues of intervention and support.
1. Identifying mental health challenges commonly experienced by people on the autism spectrum.
2. Understanding sex and gender related considerations in the diagnosis and care for autistic people.
3. Exploring evidence-based and emerging mental health treatment and sex/gender-informed support strategies for people on the autism spectrum.