Teens and children suffering from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are found in a study to more likely express a desire to be the opposite sex.
John Strang. Psyd a neuropsychologist at the Children’s National Medical centre in Washinton DC claims that new research suggest autism features strongly in the numbers of children and adolescents referred for help with gender identity issues. The study is published on the website of Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Although he claims this to be a new awareness, Health practitioners have been aware of the link for some time. More research needs to be undertaken to determine how the actual manifests. Clinical practitioners also have a duty to familiarise themselves and have training in working with both Autism & young people whose gender identity causes distress.