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Mar 7, 2023

CONTENT WARNING: child sexual abuse, sexual assault, intimate partner violence

Aly Dearborn is back to help break down the similarities between Autism and Borderline Personality Disorder as it relates to confusion among clinicians and the too-often misdiagnosis of Autistic females. This professional take is sprinkled with personal examples of how this gap in knowledge has impacted Candice and Aly throughout their lives. They also give a sneak peek into the content of their upcoming presentation for the 2023 IITAP Symposium!

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1) Cazalis, et al - Evidence that 9 of 10 Autistic Females Victims of Sexual Violence. Front. Behav. Neurosci., 26 April 2022; Sec. Pathological Conditions, Volume 16 - 2022 | 
2) Bargiela, S., Steward, R., and Mandy, W. The experiences of late-diagnosed women with autism spectrum conditions: an investigation of the female autism phenotype. J. Autism Dev. Disord. 2016; 46, 3281–3294. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2872-8
3) Fusar-Poli, L., Brondino, N., Politi, P. et al. Missed diagnoses and misdiagnoses of adults with autism spectrum disorder. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 2022.; 272, 187–198 ;
4) Pecora LA, Hancock GI, Mesibov GB, Stokes MA. Characterising the Sexuality and Sexual Experiences of Autistic Females. J Autism Dev Disord. 2019
5) Pecora LA, Hooley M, Sperry L, Mesibov GB, Stokes MA. Sexuality and Gender Issues in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2020 Jul;29(3):543-556. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2020.02.007. Epub 2020 Apr 3. PMID: 32471601.