Teaching Intimate Relationships to Adolescents and Adults with High Functioning Autism (#5921)

Thursday, July 26, 2012: 1:15 PM-2:45 PM
Royal Palm 3-4 (Town and Country Resort and Convention Center)
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Davies and Dubie, co-authors of the recently released book Intimate Relationships and Sexual Health will give an overview of the curriculum including lessons that professionals and parents can utilize to teach the complex topics of both sex education (e.g. anatomy, reproductive health, sexual responses, partnered sex, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections) and relationships (preparing for dating, regular dating, stages of relationships, moving into longer term relationships). Plus, the more complicated socio-sexual topics of attitudes, values, sexual orientation, and sexual coercion.

Melissa Dubie, M.S.
Educational Consultant
Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA), Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Melissa Dubie is an Educational Consultant at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism. For 27 years she has worked as a teacher, coordinator and coach in public schools. Since joining IRCA in 2003, Melissa has guided and supported families and professionals through issues related to puberty and sexual health.

Catherine Davies, M.Ed, M.Sc., C., Psychol.
Educational Consultant
Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Catherine Davies is an Educational Consultant at Indiana Resource Center for Autism and has over 25 years experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her experiences have included: special education teacher, school psychologist, clinical psychologist, TEACCH Psycho-educational Therapist and a private practice as an Autism and Structured Teaching Consultant.