Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W4
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Sexuality and Safety for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center 406/407
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Bobbie Gallagher, M.A.
BOBBIE GALLAGHER (Autism Center for Educational Services; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Description: Recent research acknowledges that individuals with ASD are no less interested in sex than their peers but are often unaware of appropriate sexual interactions. Case studies will be reviewed to address issues such as the fear that addressing sexuality will increase awareness. Functional behavioral assessments should ensure that inappropriate sexual behaviors are not maintained by functions other than self-stimulatory and that interventions are based on the results. The audience will receive suggestions for teaching appropriate social interactions and safety skills to decrease exposure to possible abuse as well as avenues for teaching about sexual activity. Focus will be given to research in the areas of discrimination trials, social stories, visual supports and video modeling.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:(1) describe recent research in the area of sexuality and individuals with ASD and DD; (2) describe supports needed to facilitate safe sexual behaviors; (3) describe interventions needed for inappropriate sexual behaviors.
Activities: This workshop is conducted using lecture, discussion and audience participation via answering questions that guide the conversation.
Audience: Intermediate to advanced BCBAs are the appropriate audience. Those with experience working with adolescents and adults.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): sexuality, masturbation



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