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Comment caractériser les femmes autistes à l'âge adulte?

Abstract : Autism had predominantly be described and studied in males. On one hand, it is related to the thought that this condition would be essentially found in males; on the other hand, it comes from the idea that autistic symptoms would be similar in men and women. The later perspective tends to minimize some autistic specificities more common in women and, consequently, can conduct clinicians to miss women’s diagnosis. Yet, recent research demonstrated that autistic women sometimes slightly distinguish from males by specific phenotypic characteristics, despite similar core symptoms. Autistic females often appear to be more socially integrated and their verbal as well as nonverbal communication can be more efficient. Moreover, their specific interests usually seem to be less atypical. Nevertheless, all these domains are impaired in autistic female as compared to non-autistic population. Furthermore, they experienced executive function impairments, emotional distress, as well as specific women issues, for instance, specificities when experiencing maternity. Regarding every day professional and personal challenges autistic women have to face, there is a need to provide research findings to clinician in order to improve their knowledge and their ability to better identify, understand and support autistic women of all ages.
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Adeline Lacroix, Fabienne Cazalis. Comment caractériser les femmes autistes à l'âge adulte?. XIXe Rencontres Internationales d'Orthophonie, Union Nationale pour le Développement de la Recherche et de l’Evaluation en Orthophonie, Dec 2019, Paris, France. ⟨hal-02993446⟩



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