Sexuality on the Spectrum | Organization for Autism Research

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DATE: MON, OCT 15, 2018
PRESENTERS: DR. PETER GERHARDT AND AMY GRAVINO
Length: 1 Hour

IDENTIFYING CRITICAL INFORMATION TO PROMOTE SAFE SEX AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS FOR YOUNG ADULTS WITH ASD

It goes without saying that individuals with ASD are sexual beings. Unfortunately, the biological, physiological and behavioral aspects of human sexuality in general remain significantly under-researched, so it is not surprising that there is even less research when it comes to sexuality and individuals on the autism spectrum.

This knowledge gap, when added to the social, cultural, religious and legal restrictions that often govern the display sexual behavior, results in an area of intervention about which we have limited evidence-based information as to

1) the content of instruction in sex education,

2) the process of instruction or intervention in sex education,

3) the timing of intervention in sex education or,

4) the development of effective interventions to prevent sexual abuse.

Peter-307-150x150About Peter Gerhardt

Gerhardt serves on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years of experience using applied behavior analysis principles in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential, and community settings.

AmyGravinoHeadshot-Large-150x150About Amy Gravino

Gravino, M.A., is a Certified Autism Specialist and offers consulting, mentoring, and college coaching services for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Gravino is a professional international speaker and currently serves on the boards of Specialisterne USA, Yes She Can, Inc., and the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City. Gravino is now authoring The Naughty Autie, a memoir of her experiences with dating, relationships, and sexuality from the firsthand perspective of a woman on the autism spectrum.


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