Click here to read the Chairs Report for the 2013 SIG Meeting

Hello and welcome to the official blog of the ‘Female Profile in ASD’ Special Interest Group (SIG). Our SIG is a diverse collection of people with ASD, parents of people with ASD, clinicians and researchers who are interested in discovering more about ASD in females.

Our overall aim is to improve understanding and care of females on the autism spectrum, by stimulating research in this area. We had our first meeting at the Toronto International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in May 2012, and we will reconvene at IMFAR 2013 in San Sebastien. This blog is designed to allow debates and exchange of ideas to carry on all year long, not just at our annual meetings.

Over the coming months we will be using this blog to post on recent developments in the scientific literature and to keep people up-to-date with SIG activity. We will also be inviting guest bloggers to share their ideas – so please get in touch if you would like to post on the blog.

That’s all for now, but keep your eyes peeled for our next thrilling installment….

Will Mandy & Alex Head

(Co-Chairs of the Female Profile in ASD SIG)

10 thoughts on “Welcome

    • Hi Christie!

      We are very excited too and we are glad to know that there are other people out there who are just as interested in the area! What is your main interest in the field? Will we be seeing you in San Sebastian this year?

      Best regards,


  1. Hi,
    It will not be possible for me to get IMFAR 2013 although I´m very interested in. I´m a mother of a single four years old little girl who has been diagnosed ASD in nov.2011 (she was almost 3 years old).
    Since autism fenotipe is quite different between males & females I´m more than pleased with your initiative, and will follow you up through this blog.
    Please let me know if we could be helpful somehow via email.or through this. Regards, and please do not forget to take a time to enjoy Donostia & Spain.

    • Hi Marta,

      Thank you for your post! It is a shame you will not be able to join us in Spain, but we will be sure to keep you updated through the Blog.

      Best regards,


  2. Hi
    good Idea and grat project!! one of our aims at University of Valencia, Spain is finding specific biomarkers for ASD in girls and to chracterized their phenotype!!
    . Dr.Cauli O.

    • Dear Dr Cauli,

      Thank you for your post! We are very excited about the SIG and we hope that it will continue to make an impact on the area of females with ASD. Were you able to attend IMFAR this year in San Sebastian? We’d love to hear more about your research!

      Best regards,

      SIG Co-chair

  3. My daughter thinks she has BPD but her brother was diagnosed Asperger’s 12 years ago & now I’m wondering if my daughter, who is now 18, may be asperger’s & we may have missed it. She’s been depressed on & off for at least 10 years.

    • Hi!

      Thank you for your post. Not having met your daughter we can’t comment on whether or not she has ASD. However, it is not uncommon for girls to go undiagnosed until later in life. If you are concerned, we suggest contacting your family doctor who will be able to provide you with a referral to a clinician.

      Best of luck!

      Alex and Will

  4. I noticed there was not a special interest group scheduled to meet at IMFAR this year and was wondering if anyone from our group is going to the conference? I am excited to attend again this year and will be looking to connect with others doing research in this area.


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