|March 6, 2015|
|9:00 am||to||5:00 pm|
Y.A.L.E. School Autism Programs present a special full-day intensive workshop for parents and professionals:
Autism and Sexuality: Encouraging Appropriate, Safe & Healthy Behaviors
with Dr. Frank Cicero, PhD, BCBA
at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ
Parents, educators, therapists, clinicians, and service providers often struggle to address the difficult topic of sexual expression and behaviors regarding adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. Individuals on the spectrum may not respond to traditional teaching methods and may “act out” or display inappropriate sexual behaviors at the wrong time or in the wrong setting. Deficits in social skills, communication and perspective taking are core autism characteristics leading to these issues. Applied behavior analytic treatments can be highly effective in promoting appropriate sexual behaviors and sexual expression in adolescents and adults on the spectrum.
This full-day workshop will provide an overview of issues related to sexuality in ASD and how parents, educators, and clinicians can collaborate to encourage healthy, safe and age-appropriate sexual behaviors. We will discuss topics such as sexual development, sexuality knowledge, sexual behaviors both appropriate and inappropriate, issues regarding consent and common parent concerns. We will then move into suggested curriculum topics. Treatment strategies discussed will include, but are not limited to, reinforcement-based procedures, video modeling, task analysis schedules, picture activity schedules, scripts and script fading, and social stories. Empirically supported literature and data will be presented where applicable and available. Although sexuality is an issue that often comes to the forefront in adolescence, information on sexuality is important for individuals of all ages. Topics related to ethical decision making will also be discussed.
This workshop will focus on behaviorally-based strategies useful for individuals on all ends of the spectrum. Audience questions and discussion will be welcomed.