2017 Sexuality Development in Youths with ASD
Full fee: S$128.40 per participant
(inclusive of GST, handout materials and refreshments)
Professionals in mainstream learning environments can play a critical role in supporting the physical, emotional and psychological development of youths with ASD. How and what professionals communicate to youths with special needs about body image, peer pressure, puberty, reproduction, sexuality, love, and intimacy can make a significant difference in their students’ well-being.
Individuals with ASD grapple with social interaction and communication difficulties. As they grow older, they may experience challenges establishing intimate relationships with the opposite gender. On the other hand, some may have little or no interest in pursuing romantic intimacy of any form, be it sexual or emotional. Those who lack awareness of social norms and expectations or compliant personalities may give rise to awkward or at times catastrophic situations affecting their physical and psychological well-being and places them at risk of brushes with the law.
This workshop seeks to raise awareness on the challenges youths with High Functioning Autism face as they navigate through the relationship minefield and explores how to support them in their sexuality development.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be empowered with the following:
- Awareness of human sexual development stages
- Understanding about how sexuality development and behaviours may differ in youths with ASD
- Awareness of the legal framework protecting vulnerable persons
- Important concepts to teach individuals with special needs concerning sexual health and safety (including how to cope with sexual harassment
- Strategies to help youths with ASD navigate relationship minefields in adolescence and adulthood
Mainstream School Teachers trained to deliver MOE’s Growing Years Package as well as school personnel providing support to individuals with Autism in mainstream context. (e.g. School Counsellors, AED LBSs, TSNs, SDT/CMT heads)
Registration Closing Date 11th May 17
Mr Tan Qiu Quan, Ms Lina Kam, Training Coordinator