Webchat with Dr Judith Gould: 25 July 2017

In this final webchat in our series with leading autism experts from around the world, we are very privileged and pleased to welcome the world renowned Clinical Psychologist Dr Judith Gould

The webchat will take place on Tuesday 25 July 2017 @12pm BST and is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors Axcis Education.

Live Blog Webchat with Dr Judith Gould
Live Blog Webchat with Dr Judith Gould


Dr Gould is the Lead Consultant at the Lorna Wing Centre for Autism and retired as Director of the centre in 2015. She is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist, with over 40 years' experience, specialising in autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. Dr Gould's specialist interests include women and girls and autism and ageing. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to ask one of the world's leading autism experts your autism questions.

You can register your interest and receive an email reminder about the upcoming event above. If you aren't able to make to webchat on the day then you can email your questions to, tweet them to @networkautism using the hashtag #autismchat or post them below in the comments section below (members only).

Live Blog Webchat with Dr Judith Gould

There will be a full archive of the webchat to review on this webpage after the event.

When the webchat goes live at 12pm BST 25 July the above reminder section will open into a discussion window where you will be able to post your questions for Dr Gould. 

Date added: 6 July 2017

More about Dr Judith Gould

Before being the Director of The Lorna Wing Centre she worked as a member of the scientific staff of the Medical Research Council Social Psychiatry Unit and was a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. She has also worked as a Clinical Psychologist within both health and social services. She has published widely in the field of autism spectrum disorders.  Her current interest is the diagnosis of women and girls in the spectrum.

Lorna Wing and Judith Gould’s early work in the 1970s on the epidemiology of autism and related conditions, led to the concept of a spectrum of autistic conditions.

Judith Gould together with Lorna Wing set up The Centre for Social and Communication Disorders, (now the Lorna Wing Centre for Autism) which was the first service in the UK to provide a complete diagnostic, assessment and advice service for children, adolescents and adults with social and communication disorders. 

In addition to setting up the Centre as a model for diagnosing autism spectrum disorders the Centre’s team offers training to professionals in their methods of diagnosis and assessment of needs. Lorna Wing and Judith Gould developed an interview schedule called the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO) to be used as part of the diagnostic process. This schedule enables the professional to use a dimensional approach when making a diagnosis which is more helpful than diagnostic sub-grouping when planning treatment, education and care.  This approach bests fits the new DSM 5 Diagnostic Classification System. The DISCO is widely used throughout the UK and overseas and training in its use is carried out both at the Centre and internationally. 


Fri, 14/07/2017 - 08:04


In our clinic, women and girls themselves ask for help and assessment because they think they have autism. Which tools do you use in this case.As you know, the diagnosis tests are based on the male profiles which makes it difficult to detect and diagnose in women. We use ASSQ girls and the profile of Tania Marshall. Do you know any tests or questionaires which could help us?

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 08:14

I have a CAMHS appointment at the Winnicott centre in Manchester on 26th July and wondered if you have any experience of this centre and or any advice. I have a son aged 14 excluded from school and a daughter aged 13 getting some support at school. I am wondering if this centre has an understanding of girls and women presentations of ASC and what questions can i ask to make sure we get heard. Both children are High functioning but have some behaviour issues (son) and communication issues (daughter)

Erica Evans

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 09:59


I already have a diagnosis as I was lucky enough to be assessed by a female psychologist with a strong interest and understanding of how autism presents in females.

However I have a close friend who is waiting for an assessment in Cumbria, and I wondered if you ad an experience of their diagnostic processes and if they have any specific training in or understanding of autism presentation in females.

Do you have any suggestions of questions to ask and what information she should take with her to the appointments?

Thank you