A rising number of youth fit the diagnostic criteria for autism. A remarkably high percentage of these youth also transcend binary expectations around gender. Parents and clinicians alike are baffled about how best to respond.
Staff at the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) center are eager to get to solutions.
“When my 10-year-old was repeatedly saying, ‘Mommy, I am not a boy, I am a girl,’ therapists and doctors were unsure how to approach what we were going through. I felt alone and at a loss.” – Karla, mom of a transgender child on the autism spectrum
“We’ve been seeing the co-occurrence of autism and gender dysphoria more and more. After the YES Institute dialogue, I now feel more knowledgeable to support my clients and families.” – CARD staff
Few healthcare professionals have expertise in both autism and gender; in all of South Florida, we know of only one. YES Institute will continue to pave the way toward new understanding and compassionate care as new research emerges. Thank you, CARD, for your commitment to the well-being of all youth!
To schedule a dialogue for your workplace, call 305-663-7195 or visit yesinstitute.org