Based on Nick Dubin's own experience, and drawing on the extensive knowledge of Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Henault, this important book addresses the issues surrounding the autism spectrum, sexuality and the law.
The complex world of sex and appropriate sexual behavior can be extremely challenging for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and, without guidance, many find themselves in vulnerable situations. This book examines how the ASD profile typically affects sexuality and how sexual development differs between the general population and those with ASD. It explains the legalities of sexual behavior, how laws differ from country to country, and the possibility for adjustment of existing laws as they are applied to the ASD population. With advice on how to help people with autism spectrum disorder gain a better understanding of sexuality and a comprehensive list of resources, the book highlights the need for a more informed societal approach to the psychosexual development of people with ASD.
A groundbreaking and honest account, this book will be an invaluable addition to the shelves of parents of children with ASD, mental health and legal professionals, teachers, carers and other professionals working with individuals on the spectrum.
Tony Attwood, PhD, is a clinical psychologist from Brisbane, Australia, with over 30 years of experience with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He is currently Adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland.
Nick Dubin was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Oakland University, a master's degree in learning disabilities from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a specialist degree in psychology and PsyD from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. He has authored many books on autism spectrum disorders including Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety. He lives in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.
Isabelle Henault has a masters degree in sexology and a doctorate of psychology from the Quebec University in Montreal. She has a private practice that provides assessment and therapy for individuals, couples and families, and acts as a consultant to a variety of organizations and schools. Her expertise lies in Asperger's Syndrome, with a special emphasis on sexuality, and she is the author of a sociosexual education program for people with AS. She is involved with several international research projects on sexual education and psychotherapy for people on the autism spectrum.
224 pages. 2014