August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania

Understanding Relationships: Dating and Sexuality in Adolescents and Young Adults with ASD

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -
1:15pm to 4:15pm

The sexual development of individuals diagnosed with ASD is a subject that deserves particular attention. Over the last few years, several authors have become increasingly aware of the importance of this topic, by proposing various intervention strategies, therapeutic tools, and socio-sexual educational programs adapted to individuals with ASD. Sexuality constitutes an important factor in the healthy development of individuals and quality of life is partly indicated by how satisfied individuals are with their sexual lifestyle. The sexual development of adolescents with ASD is composed of several aspects, such as behaviors, intimacy, emotions, communication skills, self-esteem, prevention, sexual knowledge, and experiences. Despite the difficulties they encounter in communicating, and interacting socially, their interest in sexuality is very similar to adolescents and young adults in the general population. However, the cognitive profile and symptoms associated with ASD must be considered in order to fully understand their sexual development.

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Act 48
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Education Professionals
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