Gender and Autism Program

Some young people have both autism spectrum characteristics (or related conditions) and gender non-conformity. They may express discomfort with aspects of their gender, or feel they are a different gender (transgender). We do not yet understand why autism and gender differences sometimes occur together, but we do know that this co-occurrence can be difficult to navigate for young people and their families. The Gender and Autism (and Related Conditions) Program is dedicated to helping youth and families through our clinical and research initiatives.

Supporting Children with Autism on their Gender Journey 

The Gender and Autism (and Related Conditions) Program at Children’s National Health System is dedicated to supporting youth with gender and autism (or related conditions) through evaluations, consultation and a specialized ongoing support program. We approach this work from the following perspectives:

  • Each young person’s gender journey is individual
  • There are many possible outcomes that can unfold over time
  • A young person’s neurodiversity is a key component in the gender discernment process 

Our focus is on helping your child with their autism spectrum challenges, such as with flexible thinking, planning skills, future thinking and self-awareness, while at the same time supporting their need for gender exploration. 

Some young people who come to our clinic have well-characterized autism, while other families come to see us for both autism diagnostic clarification and gender-related consultation. Our team includes specialists within psychology, neuropsychology and speech language. 

Our Team

  • John Strang, PsyD
    Neuropsychologist, Director of the Gender and Autism Program

We’re Here to Help

To inquire about our services, or to schedule an appointment, call 301-765-5432.

Program Location

Neuropsychology at Montgomery County Outpatient Center
15245 Shady Grove Road, Suite 350
Rockville, MD 20850

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Resources for Providers

In collaboration with multiple clinical programs internationally, our Gender and Autism Program team developed initial clinical guidelines for the support of gender spectrum autism spectrum youth, which may be helpful for providers to review.