FAU CARD Annual Summer Academy: Personal Safety: Addressing Issues of Sexuality with Children and Youth with ASD

FAU CARD Annual Summer Academy

Personal Safety: Addressing Issues of Sexuality with Children and Youth with ASD


Training Description

This training will provide information and suggested strategies for teachers and other school-based personnel to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who may be engaging in inappropriate classroom/school behavior including: touching others without permission, touching themselves, unwanted attempts to engage in romantic relationships, and difficulty understanding differences between public versus private behavior. The presenters will review research-based teaching techniques to improve appropriate social interactions between students with ASD and their same aged peers to address a variety of sexually maladaptive behaviors within various school settings. Suggestions for: clarifying differences between romantic relationships versus friendships, personal safety, and helping students avoid behavior that may resemble sexual harassment (or is illegal??) will be reviewed along with suggestions for dating safety, dealing with attraction to others and engaging in safe personal and romantic relationships.

This training is for teachers, parents, caretakers, and professionals only. It is not appropriate for children, or adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Specific strategies and educational information will be provided to address maladaptive sexual behavior in school-aged youth with ASD. CAUTION: Language, pictures, and images presented will be graphic in nature and may be offensive to some individuals.


Training Objectives

• Rationale as to why providing information of personal safety is critical to overall success within social and educational contexts

• Strategies for managing difficult topics with individuals and families

• Strategies to manage challenging behavioral situations within the school environments


About the Presenters

Dr. Kim Spence has served as the Coordinator of Educational and Training and as the Clinical Director of Autism Support Services for Specialized Treatment & Assessment Resources at UCF CARD. She developed and began providing specialized sexuality education training for parents, teachers, and care providers of individuals with ASD.


Alison Bourdeau is currently employed with Palm Beach Behavioral Health and Wellness. Prior to that she served as a Clinical Support Specialist with FAU CARD. She received her bachelor's degree from UM and is currently working towards her licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Alison is a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education at FAU with research focusing on the impacts of social connectedness on the mental health and well-being of adults with ASD.




6 SW, MH and M& F CEUs

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Monday, July 22, 2019 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

FAU Jupiter Campus, Lifelong Learning Auditorium 5353 Parkside Dr, Jupiter, Florida 33458

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John D. MacArthur Campus at Jupiter
Center for Autism & Related Disabilities

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