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Hope GB’s conference in Newport developed the national debate on worrying concerns about the levels of girls and young women who may not yet have been diagnosed with autism.

‘Unlocking the Mystery of Female Autism’ was hosted in conjunction with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and unpicked the challenges of recognising the traits of autism that are often more identifiable in boys.

Speakers from University College London, Swansea University, Aneurin Bevan Health Board and Torfaen Borough Council shared fresh research findings which could significantly influence implementation of the regional autism strategy. In addition, presentations from people directly affected by autism highlighted the practical implications of living with or supporting a person with the condition.

The conference challenged the generality of assessments for autistic spectrum conditions, calling for a review to ensure that girls are not missed. It also encouraged more consistency in the case management and reporting of autism diagnoses across the health and education professions.

Sarah Robinson, Founder and Chair of Hope GB explained “It’s possible that many girls are slipping through the net, and may not receive the early diagnosis of autism that can make a massive difference to the level of assistance they really need. The conference has encouraged a step-change in the way we think, and has challenged some long-held beliefs about the condition”

Over 160 delegates attended the conference on this important issue on November 25.

A DVD of highlights from the day will be available by the end of the year. For further details and a booking form, contact us at hellohopegb@gmail.com.