My name is Emily Dillon and I am a PhD student in the School of Psychology in Trinity College, Dublin and I am interested in the language development of girls with autism. There is a large gender bias in autism and we hope by exploring the differences in language of girls and boys with autism we can better understand how autism expresses differently between genders. We also hope by looking at the language styles of family members we can see how family language traits may help in autism.
No national numbers for the prevalence for autism in Ireland exist, making the scale of autism undocumented and unknown. Girls with autism especially have been overlooked. Strong findings suggest that girls with autism may show a unique expression of autism and therefore have unique needs to be addressed with interventions and support. It is even possible the rate of girls with autism has been under-estimated due to an expression of autism different from the traditional male traits. Only with more research can we know what special needs girls with autism have and how to meet them.
If you have a moment, please think about participating in our family study of autism. Any interest expressed here does not signify any commit, and your help is greatly appreciated. The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IrishFamilyAutismStudy. Closing date January 2014.
Thank you for your time.