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Saturday, July 26 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Parenting Children and Youth on the Autism Spectrum and the Gender Spectrum: What is the Overlap?

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There are many overlaps between the gender spectrum and the autism spectrum. 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. They experience a great deal of ambivalence and confusion about how to parent their child who is on both spectrums. Parents may feel pulled by what can feel like one camp or the other, limiting their child. Much of the energy around these spectrums disempowers parents, and parenting a child who is on both spectrums can be very challenging. 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 →


Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Dante 204 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

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