CE Article: Occupational Therapy and Autistic Females
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SKU: CEA0821

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2021

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Emily C. Skaletski, MOT, OTR/L

PhD Student, University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Kinesiology

Madison, WI


Sapna Chakraborty, OTD

Department Head, Missouri State University

Occupational Therapy Department

Springfield, MO


Brittany G. Travers, PhD

Principal Investigator, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waisman Center

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy Program

Madison, WI


Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)



As a spectrum disorder, autism varies from person to person and demonstrates different characteristics between males and females. Autistic females are less frequently identified, and knowledge surrounding their experience is limited. It is critical that providers have a strong understanding of the experience of autistic females. This article discusses common occupational performance concerns of autistic females, provides considerations for evaluation, and describes several evidence-based intervention strategies that have been studied with autistic females.


Learning Objectives

1.  Describe the differences in symptoms of autistic females and autistic males that may affect occupational engagement, within the context of heterogeneity across the autism spectrum

2.  Identify considerations for compiling an occupational profile and completing the evaluation process with autistic females

3.  Determine occupational therapy interventions that will support occupational participation of autistic females.


Learning Level: Introductory


Target Audience: Occupational Therapy Practitioners and Occupational Therapy Assistants


Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of Occupational Therapy; Areas of Occupation

Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process; Evaluation, Intervention, and Outcomes


Reference Information:

Skaletski, Emily C., MOT, OTR/L; Chakraborty, Sapna, OTD; Travers, Brittany G., PhD


(CEA August, 2021) Occupational Therapy and Autistic Females