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Gender Dysphoria & Autism Spectrum Disorder

Timothy Kowalski, MA, CCC-SLP
1 Hour 06 Minutes
Mar 02, 2021
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The correlation between Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and gender variance can be complicated, often leaving the treating clinician with more questions than answers, such as: 

  • Does gender identity develop on a different timeline in people with autism?  
  • Is my client's perseveration/fixation on gender identity a manifestation of autism? Does it matter? 
  • How do I know the difference between a transient phase of exploration and a commitment to gender transition? 

In this recorded session, autism expert Timothy Kowalski, M.A., C.C.C.-SLP, will guide you through the latest research on this nuanced topic. You will learn what you need to know to better advise your clients with autism who seek help with gender identity concerns. Register today!



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Timothy P. Kowalski, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in social-pragmatic communication deficits and internationally known expert on Asperger Syndrome. His Orlando practice has seen clients from Europe, South America and throughout the USA. Mr. Kowalski regularly consults to schools on best practices for students identified or suspected of having Asperger’s syndrome and provides schoolwide district inservices.

Mr. Kowalski presents internationally on a wide variety of issues relative to Asperger’s, is a guest lecturer at universities and colleges and is a consultant for forensic cases involving Asperger’s syndrome. He has worked in a variety of psychiatric healthcare delivery systems including in-patient and outpatient psychiatric hospitals, sex offender units, and school-based settings. Mr. Kowalski is the author of six books on Asperger syndrome: Asperger Syndrome Explained; Social-Pragmatic Success for Asperger Syndrome and Other Related Disorders; Are You In The Zone?; The Source for Asperger’s Syndrome; Me, Myself, and You; Understanding Emotions: A Guide for Adults; and an article entitled Assessing Social Communication in Asperger Syndrome.

He holds the position of vice president of professional practices in speech-language pathology for the Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is also a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Autism Society of America, Council for Behavior Disorders, and the Council for Exceptional Children. Mr. Kowalski is the recipient of the “2010 Clinician of the Year Award” offered by the Florida Association of Speech- Language Pathologists and Audiologists and the 2011 FLASHA nominee for the ASHA Louis M. di Carlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement. He holds the “TEAMS 2000 Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year” award for his work with Autism in the four-countywide greater Orlando, Florida metropolitan area and has served on the board of directors for the Greater Orlando Chapter of the Autism Society of America.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Timothy Kowalski is the President of Professional Communication Services, Inc. He receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Timothy Kowalski is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Autism Society of America and the Florida Association for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

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  1. Determine the issues when transgendered clients present with Asperger syndrome.
  2. Support the theories related to the relationship between gender dysphoria and Asperger syndrome.
  3. Propose the role professionals have when suspecting gender dysphoria in clients diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. 


  • Myths About Gender Dysphoria 
  • Diagnostic Criteria: DSM-5®, ICD-10 
  • Identification Procedures 
  • Issues When ASD Is Present 
  • Co-Occurrence Case Studies 
  • Gender Expression 
  • Issues Related to Intersex  

Target Audience

  • Psychologists 
  • Social Workers 
  • Licensed Clinical/Mental Health Counselors 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Certified Case Managers 
  • Addiction Professionals 
  • Speech-Language Pathologists 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel 
  • Nurses 

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