Enriching Social-Emotional Relationships through Psychosexual Education
June 22, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
Youth and young adults on the Autism Spectrum are frequently making social faux pas. As they get older they are capable of making sexual social faux pas which appear more treacherous. However, they do not lack desire to have sexual experiences. With planning we can help facilitate healthy intimate relationships for youth and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. We will discuss why social-emotional learning goals are developmental in nature and why social-emotional learning needs to be on-going. We then look at best practices to identify and develop strategies for teaching social problem solving skills, social communication skills, sexual boundaries, and personal rules for sexual behavior necessary to avoid problem sexual behavior and promote healthy behaviors for youth and young adults of a variety of abilities on the Autism Spectrum. Finally, we will look at four different methods and models of treatment and training.
Effectively discuss the primary reason why social-emotional learning goals are developmental in nature.
Identify and develop strategies for teaching three social problem solving skills necessary to promote positive sexual behaviors among youth and young adults of a variety of abilities on the Autism Spectrum.
Identify and develop strategies for teaching three social communication skills necessary to positive sexual behaviors among youth and young adults of a variety of abilities on the Autism Spectrum.
Identify and develop strategies for teaching three sexual boundaries and personal rules for sexual behavior necessary to avoid problem sexual behavior for youth and young adults of a variety of abilities on the Autism Spectrum.
Critically compare and contrast four different methods of treatment and training: Pivotal Response Training, Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports, Social Thinking, and the Circles Curriculum, to determine the model that is best for them as facilitator of psychosexual education and social-emotional education.
Suzanne Richards, Ph.D. is a child and adolescent psychologist specializing in the assessment of Autism and intervention with individuals with Autism. In her clinical practice, she has a passion for children with learning and social skill challenges. Dr. Richards has been involved in clinical education and research on multiple topics including school violence, bullying behavior, learning, and social skills. She has extensive clinical experience providing mental health therapy services and assessment in a wide range of settings. She has served many children, adolescents, and their families with behavioral and adjustment disorders in addition to major mental illness, including psychosis and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She also consults with and advises schools and training programs on appropriate interventions. She is currently licensed as a Psychologist, Health Service Provider, Youth Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and a Youth Sex Offender Evaluator.
Leslie Rogers, M.S., CCC-SLP graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with her Bachelor of Science in Education in 2000 and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2002. Leslie is the Autism Clinical Manager for ChildServe. She is an integral part of the multi-disciplinary Autism Program and focuses on program development, staff and family education, and social communication groups.
Emily Monahan, OTR/L earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2011 and her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2012, from Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. She is currently involved with various Autism programming including intensive treatment in the Autism Day Health Program, organizing and conducting Project ImPACT a parent education course for families of young children with Autism, social and life skills groups for children with Autism and the multidisciplinary Autism Diagnostic Clinic. As a member of the ChildServe’s Autism Team, Emily enjoys sharing her knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorder and her experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum.
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