Adolescents and adults who have autism spectrum disorders want love and intimacy in their life just like anyone else. Hormones can have a larger impact on teens that are on the spectrum than other adolescents. Specific suggestions that can help teens and their families adjust to puberty and the new social sexual world of middle and high school will be provided. Preparing adolescents for the physical and emotional changes of puberty is important. Mood swings, depression, and increased anxiety are common. Learning skills that range from good hygiene, independence in the bathroom, age-appropriate clothes, makeup, menstruation, wet dreams, to private masturbation are necessary for a smooth transition to adulthood. Dealing with situations as they occur can also be complex. Common issues will be discussed including not understanding what is happening to their bodies, social-sexual boundaries, LBGBT information, touching, stalking, consent, the risk of sexual abuse, illegal sexual behavior, pornography, sexting, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, communication, and intimacy.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania