Intimate Relationships and Sexual Health: A Curriculum for Teaching Adolescents/Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Social Challenges

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Catherine Davies, Melissa Dubie

Intimate Relationships and Sexual Health

Age Range: 13+
2011
ISBN: 9781934575888

This comprehensive and well-researched curriculum fills a long-felt need in the autism community – a frank, up-to-date resource on sexuality tailored to the unique characteristics of high-functioning adolescents and adults on the spectrum.

Based on years of experience teaching sexual health and extensive familiarity with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, the authors present "all you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask/teach", taking into the consideration the learning styles inherent in autism. The curriculum comes complete with lessons, activities, handouts, resources, and more.

Authors Catherine Davies and Melissa Dubie provide 11 detailed lessons covering both the "technical" details of sex and the relationship factors involved. Topics range from fact-based content such as sexual anatomy and reproduction to lessons that teach aspects of social judgement such as dating, building relationships and decision making in relationships. Each lesson includes a highly structured lesson plan with learning objectives, individual and group activities, student assignments and handouts - the latter are also provided on the accompanying CD.

The curriculum comes complete with lessons, activities, handouts, PowerPoints, resources and more. The accompanying CD contains all the handouts for easy duplication and individualisation.

"This book is a remarkably well-researched blend of peer experience, pragmatic teaching and professionalism. I wish I had been exposed to something like this in my youth! Most importantly, it recognizes the great diversity of potential sexual experience in the autistic community and maximizes the chances of my peers for sexual fulfillment of their choice."
- Jerry Newport, co-author of Autism, Aspergers and Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond

"It is never easy talking about interpersonal relationships and sex, but Davies and Dubie's book presents a comprehensive guide for doing just that in a way that keeps the taboo off the table. Using concrete and very graspable content, complete with especially detailed instruction sets, this book is sure to make teaching relationships and sex a lot easier and a whole lot less tricky."
- Liane Holliday Willey, author of several books on Asperger syndrome including the bestselling Pretending to be Normal