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Inspire Connections: Teaching Appropriate Sexual Behavior, Workshops for Parents & Professionals.
October 3, 2019 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Sexuality is a topic that is often difficult for parents and professionals to discuss; however, it is a topic that frequently comes to the forefront as children with autism, Asperger’s, or any developmental disability become adolescents and adults.
These two workshops for parents and teachers of learners will discuss general topics related to sexuality and sexual behavior including sexual development and how it is impacted by autism, important curriculum areas, and useful applied behavior analysis teaching methods and strategies. Parents and teachers of Individuals with any developmental disability may benefit from the workshop(s).
Thursday, October 3, 2019 : 6-9PM- Teaching Sexual Behavior to Individuals with Significant Autism: Curriculum Planning and Ideas for Instruction
This session will focus on issues affecting individuals on the more severe end of the autism spectrum, which often includes significant delays in cognitive abilities and communication skills. Specific topics will include basic social awareness, safe and socially appropriate masturbation, private versus public behaviors, independent hygiene, and decreasing inappropriate behaviors related to sexual expression.
Thursday, October 10, 2019: 6-9PM- Building Knowledge and Social Skill Foster Appropriate Sexual Behavior in Individuals with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s
This session will focus on issues affecting individuals on the high functioning and Asperger’s end of the spectrum, which often includes significant deficits in social awareness, social boundaries, conversation and communication skills, unique sensory issues, and pervasive deficits in perspective taking, despite minimal to no deficits in cognitive skills. Specific topics will include teaching social communication skills necessary for building romantic and sexual relationships, the increasing knowledge of the mechanics of sex, socially appropriate and safe sexual expression, fostering perspective taking, and decreasing dangerous and inappropriate sexual behaviors while in the social world.
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-614-5975 ext. 100 – Space is limited. Respite is available. Registration required for respite care by noon on Monday, September 23rd.
Presented by Frank R. Cicero, PhD, BCBA, LBA (ny)
Dr. Frank Cicero is a New York State licensed psychologist, licensed behavior analyst and board certified behavior analyst with over 23 years of experience working in the fields of applied behavior analysis and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Cicero is currently in private practice for child/adolescent psychology and ABA, and serves as an Assistant Professor and ABA Program Director for Seton Hall University in New Jersey.