Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan

Second Reader

Michael Mignard;


Autism diagnostic differences exist based on gender with a current diagnostic ratio of males to females at 4:1. Beyond diagnosis, complex differences persist between genders. Research indicates that females with autism display social, communication, and coping skills differently than their male peers. Research demonstrates that females with autism are using a strategic approach to social situations called camouflaging. Camouflaging is more widely used by autistic females to fit in socially, hide autistic symptoms, or to be more like their neurotypical peers. Research suggests camouflaging may have long-term mental health implications. When educators are informed of these gender differences and implications, supports can be implemented for female students with autism. Support should include teacher education about autism and camouflaging, which can help identify females with autism and provide strategies that better support mental health concerns.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis