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Autism and girls forum

Chair: Prof. Barry Carpenter CBE

“Our challenge in schools is to evolve a curriculum and pedagogy that are responsive to our new understanding of girls with autism spectrum condition and their specific needs. This will involve a process of inquiry to investigate and explore for, and with, girls how best their needs can be met,” Prof. Barry Carpenter CBE. 

Working alongside the national forum for neuroscience and special education, this group aims to raise awareness and help us establish a better understanding of autism in girls. The group campaigns to improve support and outcomes for girls with autism by working collaboratively with representatives from a range of backgrounds, including researchers, consultants, teachers and parents. And it is an independent group that we currently serve. 

From our conference ‘Girls on the autism spectrum: the big shout!’ in January 2017, the forum developed a call to action to focus its future work on the diagnosis of autism, education/training for girls with autism, research, mental health, and support for parents and carers.

Edited by Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happé, Jo Egerton

Girls with autism are often overlooked for support because their identifying behaviours can be different to that of boys. Leading practitioners from a range of disciplines bring their cutting-edge perspectives to provide insights, knowledge and strategies for educators at the front-line of working with girls on the autistic spectrum. Without a diagnosis of autism, girls on the autism spectrum can struggle with extreme stress, leading to mental health issues, problem behaviours, school refusal or other outcomes which impact on their adult lives. This book shows how to better understand girls with autism, enabling educators to recognise, understand, support and teach them more effectively.

For more information about the book and to take advantage of a 20 per cent discount, download the flyer below.

Making a difference for autistic girls and women

Carrie Grant shares her hopes that the voices of autistic girls and women will become better heard and understood by the healthcare and education systems, and in the wider world.

The Big Shout was heard 
Felicity Sedgewick was a speaker at The Big Shout - Girls on the Autistic Spectrum Conference. Here she shares her views on the power of social media to boost awareness of the need for better understanding of girls and women with autism.

SEND pupils deserve proper diagnostic support 
Kim Johnson comments on why we must fight to ensure families continue to have access to the proper diagnostic and ongoing SEN support they need.

  • There is an excellent listing of online resources about neuroscience and the brain on the BNA website: 

  • Members of the Group are currently contributing to a forthcoming book with Routledge publishers on the theme of Girls and Autism. Details are below .