Gender Diversity & Autism
The Link Between Gender Diversity and Autism
As a nonbinary and autistic counselor, I've always enjoyed looking for the intersection between identities to see how to better serve the communities I'm a part of! Throughout my counseling program, I learned that there is a higher percentage of transgender and nonbinary individuals within the autistic community than within the general population. In fact, research shows that gender-diverse people are three to six times more likely to be autistic- and that was only those who had been diagnosed!
Regardless of diagnosis, gender-diverse individuals reported higher levels of autistic traits than their cisgender counterparts.
What does that mean to me as a counselor? Well, I keep this in mind when working with both autistic clients and gender-diverse clients to ensure that all aspects of their experience are being honored. Also, knowing that the autism diagnostic criteria are based on its presentation in males, I work to educate my clients on the different presentations of autism in women and gender-diverse people.
To see more, visit this article: https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/largest-study-to-date-confirms-overlap-between-autism-and-gender-diversity/