Children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) require specialized teaching strategies when learning about puberty, sexuality and relationships.
This professional resource offers practical teaching advice geared towards the needs of young people on the autism spectrum.
Beginning with information on good practice, policy, teaching methods and recent research, the book then divides into key sex education topics that assist professionals in developing their own individualized and developmentally appropriate curricula. Covering issues of gender, public and private, puberty, hygiene, emotions, sex and more, each topic provides an overview of the difficulties that children with autism might experience, discussion and activity ideas and photocopiable resources including instructional stories, checklists and illustrations. The final section demonstrates how to respond to ongoing patterns of inappropriate behavior and put together a behavior plan.
Aiming to explain and support the child's developing sexuality while also addressing crucial issues of safety, this book is a much-needed teaching manual for all professionals working with children and young adults with autism including educators in mainstream and special education, psychologists, therapists and social workers.
"Who knew there are so many things to consider when planning for sexuality and relationship instruction? Well, now we know. This book is an A to Z of what needs to be addressed and how to go about it in collaboration with parents. Great contribution to curricula for kids with ASDs!"--Rita Honan, PhD, RegPsychAFPsSI, BCBA-D, School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
"This book is gold. Anyone whose role it is to teach sexuality and relationship education to children and adolescents on the autism spectrum will find the answers to all their questions. Davida Hartman provides not only a convincing rationale for education in all aspects of sexuality, but also a wealth of straightforward and easy-to-apply teaching strategies. She includes references to the most up-to-date research in the area, and inspiring quotes from well-known ASD authors. She is reassuring, inclusive, positive and respectful. With this book on your shelf, you will be well equipped to teach a comprehensive, relevant and fun sexuality and relationship program to this important population of young people."--Sarah Attwood, author of Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex and Relationships for People with Asperger's Syndrome
Davida Hartman is a Senior Educational Psychologist in the Developmental and ASD Psychology Department for Carlow and Kilkenny, Irish Health Service Executive. She is a regular lecturer and trainer on sexuality and relationship education for children with ASD and consults to a number of different groups and agencies. Davida received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, her MA in Educational Psychology from University College Dublin, and she is a Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).
Kate Brangan is an Irish graphic designer and illustrator, currently based in London, where she is completing an MA in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.
272 pages. 2013