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Course Description

Autism Spectrum Disorder has long been considered a condition that occurs predominantly in males, since the rate of autism in boys is generally four times higher than girls (AIHW, 2017). 

Researchers signal that there may be genetic differences. But there is also a growing body of research that indicates that autism presents differently in girls. Consequently, girls often are overlooked, fly under the radar and are often diagnosed much later than boys. 

Autistic girls have been termed 'lost girls' or 'hiding in plain sight' as they don't fit the stereotypes because they are much better at camouflaging their symptoms and mimicking others to fit in. Girls may also have higher verbal skills, a strong imagination, with neurotypical intelligence; this has implications for the classroom and learning.

It is vital to have a timely and accurate diagnosis so that appropriate supports can be implemented. A delayed diagnosis can impede the individual's educational and emotional development and can hinder their social and community participation.

Educators who have an understanding of the signs and symptoms in girls will be better equipped to provide the appropriate interventions as soon as possible. 


This course will suit anyone who has an interest in understanding how autism presents differently in girls and how to address this in the classroom.

Teaching Standards

1.1.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students: Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning

1.6.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Strategies to support full participation of students with disability: Design and implement teaching activities that support the participation and learning of students with disability and address relevant policy and legislative requirements

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction & Overview

    • Course Overview

    • Welcome to Country

    • Reference to Professional Standards

  • 2

    Module One: Signs & Symptoms of Autism in Girls

    • Autism in Girls: A Brief Overview

    • What Are the Characteristics?

    • What the Research Says

    • Activity: Reflection

  • 3

    Module Two: The Challenge of Diagnosis

    • Diagnosis Challenges for Autistic Females

    • What is Wrong With the Stereotype?

    • Impact of Autism on Females

    • Activity: Reflection

  • 4

    Module Three: Are the Differences Between Boys and Girls Real?

    • What Do the Differences in Females Mean in Terms of Approaches?

    • Understanding "Lost Girls" or "Hiding in Plain Sight"

    • Major Challenges Faced By Autistic Girls

    • What You Should be Aware of as an Educator

    • Activity: Multiple Choice Quiz

  • 5

    Module Four: What Do Autistic Girls Need?

    • Case Studies and Autistic Females in the Media

    • Strategies for Social & Emotional Development

    • Long Term Future Outcomes for Girls

    • Activity: Multiple Choice Quiz

  • 6

    Module Five: Strategies for the Classroom

    • Strategies to Assist Sensory Issues & Anxiety

    • Strength-Based Learning Approach

    • Strategies to Assist Learning

    • Activity: Reflection

  • 7

    Course Feedback

    • Please take few minutes to give us your feedback

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Autism in Females: Understanding the Challenges will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Students/children with disability addressing standard descriptor 1.1.2 and 1.6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Karina Barley

Karina Barley

Karina Barley (PhD) is an internationally recognised educational consultant specialising in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist. Karina is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioural, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches, Karina integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

Dr Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought-after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

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