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Friday, July 25 • 9:30am - 10:55am
When Worlds Collide: Autism and Gender

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There are many overlaps between the gender spectrum and the autism spectrum. This talk is focused on parents and family members and the challenges confronting the mental health care professional supporting them. Parents are trying to identify the right things to do for their child in the midst of great uncertainty, lack of knowledge and a lot of social pressure. Parents experience a great deal of ambivalence and confusion about how to parent their child who is on either of these spectrums. When a child is living along both of them there can be an immobilizing effect on the ability of the family to take action in either regard. This presentation will go over the research and anecdotal information and contextualize the research as well. It will also touch on the major controversy of whether to permit a child to transition if they are on the spectrum.

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Julie Graham, MS, MFT

Julie Graham, MS, MFT is a Gender Specialist and the Mental Health Coordinator for Transgender Health Services and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. More importantly, she is the parent of a son on the autism spectrum who was a gender non-conforming child, and, who has just turned 21. She has offered trainings to professionals regarding the overlapping spectrums of gender and autism as well as many trainings on various clinical aspects... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 9:30am - 10:55am
Dante 113 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556