Did you know that Women’s History Month started in 1987?
This makes me think about what our understanding was of women with autism in 1987 and how it has improved in recent years. In 1987, most of the autism research was being done with young boys. Back then, there were medical professionals actually telling parents that their daughters could not have autism because of being a girl! Sometimes, it seemed like it was the dark ages for autistic women.
Women are being diagnosed with autism later in life
Honoring Women with Autism
In celebration of Women’s History Month, I would like to acknowledge the incredible work that Temple Grandin has done. As an autistic woman, she has greatly contributed to our understanding of autism in girls and women. In fact, Temple is perhaps the most well-known autism advocate in the world.
Current Autism Advocacy
My Hope for Women with Autism in Palo Alto, CA and Worldwide
Support for Autistic Women in Our Women’s’ Social Skills Group
- Meet other autistic women,
- Learn and practice useful social skills in a supportive environment,
- Talk about issues that matter to you as a neurodiverse woman,
- Gain useful tips for making friends, initiating conversations, and dating,
- Learn self-care and relaxation strategies to help you cope with sensory overload,
- Discuss resources available in the Bay Area for autistic individuals
If you are an autistic woman looking for support in the South Bay Area, I can help. Please consider joining our group of fantastic autistic women in our Women’s Group at Open Doors Therapy. To begin autism therapy in Palo Alto, follow these steps:
- Contact Open Doors Therapy and schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation with one of our autism therapists,
- Attend a 1-hour intake meeting with an autism therapist to get more information about the group to make sure it will be a good fit for your needs and your life,
- Join the Women’s Group and meet other neurodiverse women in the South Bay Area!
Other Autism Services at Open Doors Therapy
Our Palo Alto/Bay Area autism therapy office specializes in helping high-functioning neurodiverse individuals and their families. We help those who identify as having Asperger’s, high functioning autism, undiagnosed autism traits, etc. Therefore, our autism counseling services include individual therapy, parent counseling, and group therapy. Also, we offer several group therapy options including college students with autistic traits, neurodiverse adults, women who identify as neurodiverse, and neurodiverse youth & caregivers. Lastly, I have been writing blogs to provide autistic individuals and their families with more knowledge about autism and the resources available to them. Please contact our autism counseling clinic to get more information about the ways we can help you be successful as a neurodiverse individual.
About the Author
Dr. Tasha Oswald is a trained developmental and clinical psychologist. And, she is the founder and director of Open Doors Therapy, a private practice specializing in autism therapy services in the South Bay Area, near San Francisco, CA. Dr. Oswald specializes in helping neurodiverse teens and adults and facilitating social skills groups.