Dr. Ateeq Qureshi

Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Priory Wellbeing Centres

Dr Ateeq Qureshi MRCPsych, is a senior Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with 15 years of experience in the UK National Health Service and 3 years in the Ministry of Health and Prevention, UAE. Dr Ateeq did his specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the prestigious St Mary’s training programme affiliated with Imperial College London. Dr Ateeq developed and led a specialist Autism and behaviour therapy team which worked with children with challenging behaviours. Before joining the Priory Group, Dr Ateeq was the founding head of department of the Child and Adolescent Service at the Al Amal Hospital, Dubai. Dr Ateeq is passionate about patient-centered collaborative care, involving the family and child at every step of the treatment journey. He is keen on preventive care in mental health and promoting and building resilience in children and young people. Dr Ateeq is a firm believer in a holistic multi-disciplinary approach incorporating biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of assessment and therapy and works closely with his team to deliver the highest quality evidence- Dr Ateeq has a special interest and expertise in the diagnosis of Autism in high functioning individuals and Autism in girls. He also has a special interest in sleep disorders and the mental health impacts of social media and of video games and has lectured and presented at international conferences on these topics.

Wellbeing Space

14 November 2021 | 15:20 - 15:40 | English | Under the radar - Autism Spectrum Disorder in Girls

Most of the knowledge and scientific base underpinning the understanding of Autism comes from research done with boys and thus skews the prevalence heavily towards them. There is a growing body of evidence that shows Autism in girls and women can present differently to conventional understanding and therefore get missed by educators as well as clinicians. Many girls with Autism therefore don't get the support they need with obvious consequences on mental health, relationships, education and occupation. This lecture shows the changing epidemiology and research that shows girls with Autism are often missed and how this can be avoided.