Webinar - Live - Her Spectrum: Navigating the Unique Experiences and Needs of Autistic Girls and Women with Marie Hooper

Join us to explore autism as it relates to the distinct needs and experiences of girls and women.   

This presentation illuminates the unique challenges faced by autistic females, examining how societal expectations, gender stereotypes, and diagnostic biases impact their journey.  

This webinar will provide valuable insights into the nuanced ways autism presents in females, discussing the potential differences in social communication, sensory sensitivities, and coping mechanisms.  

We will explore the importance of early detection, dispelling myths and misconceptions surrounding the gendered presentation of autism.  

Through research findings, real-life stories, and practical strategies, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to support and empower autistic girls. By fostering awareness and embracing a gender-inclusive perspective, we can create a more supportive environment for all autistic individuals. 

Learning Objectives: 

1. Understand why autistic girls and women are under-diagnosed  

2. Learn to recognize common masking behaviours 

3. Explore strategies for dealing with common issues like anxiety, low self-esteem, poor self-regulation, sensory sensitivities, obsessive interests, and maintaining friendships 

4. Enhance communication and find opportunities for connection 

This webinar is designed with autistic individuals who identify as women and parents and caregivers of autistic girls in mind. Professionals are welcome to join. 

This presentation contains material that might be difficult to discuss, including sexuality and abuse. These themes will be discussed in a sensitive and educational way, emphasizing prevention. 

Register here: https://bit.ly/42u6nk3 

Speaker: Marie Hooper, Ph.D. Candidate 

Marie Hooper is the co-owner and founder of Flourish Health Services, a paediatric hub in the heart of the Beaches (Toronto) that provides developmental health services to children, youth, and families.  

Marie is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University and a seasoned professional with extensive experience in assessing and working with autistic children, youth, and adults. Her strengths-based, evidence-based, neurodiversity-affirming approach is complemented by a rich background in addressing a range of challenges, including learning difficulties, developmental delays, and mental health issues.  

Marie's diverse skill set includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy. With a residency at YRDSB, TDSB, and Etobicoke Psychological Services, along with affiliations at Launch Behavioural Health, the Hospital for Sick Children, and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Marie is deeply involved in paediatric mental health.  

Her brainchild, Flourish, fulfills her long-standing dream of a paediatric hub, driven by personal insights as a parent to a child with complex needs. Currently completing her doctoral research on family stress, Marie offers support to clients and families, working under licensed clinical psychologists during the final stages of her Ph.D. journey.  

Disclaimer: Opinions reflected in this webinar are those of the speakers, and do not necessarily reflect Autism Ontario’s views. Please note Autism Ontario does not endorse any specific therapy, product, treatment, strategy, opinions, service, or individual. We do, however, endorse your right to information. Autism Ontario strongly believes that it is important to do your own research and make your own informed decisions.

March 7th, 2024 12:00 PM   through   1:00 PM
On-line / En ligne
: 416-246-9592
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