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Gender identity disorder and autism: interview with Dr Sally Powis

Dr Sally Powis is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has worked with autistic children and adults since 1999. In this interview she discusses the difficulties facing autistic people who have gender identity issues, and what professionals can do to support them.

Sally kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the NAS Professional conference in March this year. We asked Sally a series of questions, you can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.

Full interview

Individual question clips

1. Can you tell us how you first became interested in autism?

2. Can you tell us more about your current work?

3. How can you distinguish between Gender Identity Disorder (GID) and issues connected to autism such as special interests, obsessions and gender confusion? 

4. What are the specific difficulties of being an autistic person with gender identity and sexuality issues?

5. Do you agree with recent research that suggests gender identity disorder may be more prevalent in the autistic population than that of the neurotypical?

6. How can professional’s best support autistic people with GID?

Author: Dr Sally Powis

Date added: 17 August 2016