Women and girls: Interview with Dr Patricia van Wijngaarden-Cremers

Dr Patricia van Wijngaarden-Cremers is a psychiatrist practising in Holland specialising in addiction and developmental disorders. Patricia kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the NAS Women and Girls Conference in London in 2014.

We asked Patricia a series of questions including questions posed by Network Autism members. You can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below:


Individual question clips:

1. Can you tell us about your work and interest in girls/women with autism spectrum disorders?

2. What does research tell us about the gender differences in autism?

3. What are the implications of these differences for women and girls with autism?

Questions from Network Autism members

1. Growing numbers of females are being diagnosed with ASD. No doubt this growth is in line with growing awareness of how presentation differs between the genders, but how far do you agree with the theory that the male : female ratio (of those where it impacts quality of life regardless of "severity") could in fact be equal?

2. To what extent do you agree that, inadvertently or otherwise, there is a higher expectation for women than men to continue "Pretending To Be Normal" even after diagnosis and/or disclosure?

Author: Dr Patricia van Wijngaarden-Cremers

Date added: 26 January 2015