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UVA Article Sheds Light on Why Girls Seem to Develop Autism Less Often

Kevin Pelphrey of the University of Virginia leads flagship research at UVA as part of the Autism Center of Excellence network. He is one of the best-informed researchers on this topic and believes that gender differences need to be considered to help both boys and girls who are autistic.

According to current theories, genetic factors can sometimes contribute to autism; other times, environmental factors may be responsible. There is a remarkable frequency of sisters of boys with autism who do not develop autism themselves. “There’s something about female development that helps them avoid it,” Pelphrey said. Read the full article from the University of Virginia HERE!

There is also an opportunity locally in Hampton Roads to gain more knowledge on this topic by attending a local conference.

Friday, February 2, 2024

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Eastern Virginia Medical School, Lester Hall, Norfolk, Virginia

Conference Overview

This activity aims to provide attendees with resources for advocacy and a better understanding of neurodiversity from many perspectives, including augmentative communication, improving and providing ideas for autism care, transitioning to adulthood, adaptability, and camouflaging for females and highly functional people with autism.

Target Audience

This conference is designed for pediatricians, neurologists, psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists, speech therapists, art therapists, special education teachers, social workers, other interested allied health professionals, and anyone who wishes to improve care for patients and families diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Click HERE for more information and to register!

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