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Guiding the Health Community on Gender and Autism
Our clinical program is directly informed by our active research efforts. In collaboration with multiple clinical programs internationally, we developed initial clinical guidelines for the support of gender spectrum autism spectrum youth.
The guidelines emphasize:
- The importance of assessing for autism among youth with gender concerns, as well as for assessing for gender concerns among youth with autism.
- The broad range of gender-related outcomes for youth with co-occurring autism and gender concerns. Some do ultimately identify as transgender, but this is only one of many possible outcomes.
- There may need to be a more extended period of assessment in many of these youth. Autism-related cognitive-behavioral and social interventions supporting flexible thinking, planning, future thinking, self-awareness and social awareness are often a necessary component of this extended assessment process. Decisions around gender may emerge gradually as the young person increases in their ability to think realistically into the future.
To learn more about our clinical guidelines or to inquire about our services, please call 301-765-5432.