We’re in the girls’ room today chatting with Dr. Wendela Whitcomb Marsh about why it’s so difficult for girls to get diagnosed with autism. Her most recent book, “Recognizing Autism In Women and Girls,” was just released this week and is a must-read for every clinician and woman on the spectrum.
In this episode you will discover:
- Dr. Wendy’s story and how she can relate to both the autism parenting journey as well as a diagnostician.
- Why so many girls on the autism spectrum go undiagnosed for so long.
- What Dr. Wendy looks for when diagnosing women and how it differs from boys in presentation.
- Why accommodations are so crucial in getting and keeping a job.
- Why self-diagnosis is valid for women.
- The link between autistic women and the LGBTQIA community.
Meet Dr. Wendy
Wendela Whitcomb Marsh
Dr. Wendy has been a special ed teacher, school psychologist, licensed educational psychologist, and board certified behavior analyst, but her favorite job has been spouse and parent of awesome autistic people. After taking early retirement, she moved to Oregon to write books about autism and start a private practice for adult autism assessment. She is an award-winning author, and adult autism assessment professional specializing in women, trans, and nonbinary folk. Neurodivergent people, and those who love them, live with them, and support them, are among her favorite people in the world.
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