Shifting Perspectives: Our Evolving Understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Why It’s Under-Diagnosed, and Its Gender Differences

Kathleen Young, MD lectures about why ASD is underdiagnosed, or missed altogether, due to limited clinical understanding, stigma, and complex presentation including gender differences.

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Target Audience: This talk for doctors who want to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and neurodiversity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore our current and expanded understanding of ASD and its clinical presentation
  • Explore why ASD is often underdiagnosed or missed altogether in clinical populations including related stigma, limited understanding of the diagnosis, and discomfort in making the diagnosis.
  • Discuss important gender differences in clinical presentation of ASD and possibly ADHD since there is a lot of overlap

(This lecture is part of our Neurodiversity: A Conference For & About Doctors Who Think Differently)

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Kathleen Young, MD

Kathleen Young, MD

Kathleen Young, M.D. is a distinguished child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with 18 years of experience in private practice. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed the privilege of working closely with patients and families, developing a specific interest in neurodiversity and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This passion was ignited by her encounters with many patients, especially adolescent girls who have been given diagnoses that do not neatly define their experiences and who continue to feel they are different despite treatment. Dr. Young obtained her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, completed residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and pursued fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at Columbia University. Her dedication to understanding and supporting individuals with ASD makes her a valuable resource in the field.

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