Autism and Sexuality
This program aims to assist participants to navigate around critical themes, i.e. boundaries, sexual health, puberty, hygiene and other challenges faced by carers. The goal is to build confidence and competence in mapping out and reinforcing key messages around how to manage sexual feelings and healthy relationships.
Learning Outcomes for the Autism and Sexuality course:
1. Define sexuality
2. Explore common myths
3. Consider challenging behaviour patterns
4. Look at challenges in conversation
5. Become familiar with key research
6. Consider possible risks both to the young person and wider community
7. Explore assessment methods
8. Identify issues in sex education
9. Discuss social and life skills and the role of the family
Format: Taught sections, small group work, work in pairs, whole group discussion
Hand-outs: Full hand-outs and sources of further information will be provided
This course is for Foster Carers and Adopters as well as their Supervising Social Workers. It is also suitable for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.