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Screen Like A Girl: Rescuing Female Casualties of a Male-Conceptualized-Disorder

Description

Converging evidence suggests that camouflaged symptomology, a propensity towards internalizing behaviors, and diagnostic overshadowing of common comorbid conditions, is likely contributing to delayed, missed, and misdiagnosis of more females on the spectrum. Consequently, unidentified females may be exposed to the same risk factors as their male counterparts without the benefit of equivalent focused supports. This presentation will suggest a proactive screening initiative aimed at thwarting our current complacency in identifying females and serve as a catalyst for capturing an elusive and understudied population in order to better inform treatment and future diagnostic practices in the field.


About the Presenter(s)

Noelle Balsamo

Noelle Balsamo

Noelle serves as the assistant director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at Florida Atlantic University. Since 2013, she has worked with CARD and the local autism community promoting best practices in the identification and treatment for individuals impacted by autism. In addition to holding a Master in Education (M.ED) and certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Noelle is pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Exceptional Student Education at Florida Atlantic University with a concentration in Autism and Behavior.

Diane Adreon

Diane Adreon

Diane Adreon, Ed.D. has served as the associate director of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities since 1993. In addition, Dr. Adreon presents and consults nationally and internationally on high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. She has a private practice, Spectrum Life Strategies (SpectrumLifeStrategies.com). Dr. Adreon’s publications include: Special Considerations for Students with High-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide for School Administrators (2017; Adreon & Myles, 2017), Simple Strategies that Work! Helpful Hints for All Educators of Students with High-Functioning Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Related Disabilities (Myles, Adreon, & Gitlitz. 2006), and Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success (Myles & Adreon, 2001), winner of the Autism Society of America Literary Achievement Award. In addition, Dr. Adreon serves on the editorial boards of Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disorders and Intervention in School and Clinic.