How sex education should be different for autism spectrum
Increase in use of pornography to get sex education versus comprehensive course about health human sexuality
Accepting media or pornography as reality – that’s now how things work – it’s fantasy content that does not reflect what sex is in reality
Making healthy choices
Benefits and challenges of autism spectrum and sexuality
High stakes, high complexity, high consequence
The challenge of having interests that minors may have – as an adult or young adult, be sure to check about the age of the person you’re interacting with online – this will protect you from being targeted as a potential child predator, for example
How to protect ourselves or others from illegal sexual activities
Don’t follow examples from the media as the reality of the way things are – read accurate, reality based sex education materials
Autism and Sex Resources Recommended By Dr. Loftin
The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality, and the Law: What Every Parent and Professional Needs To Know, by Dubin, Henault, and Attwood.
Intimate Relationships and Sexual Health: A Curriculum For Teaching Adolescents/Adults with High Functioning Autism and Other Social Challenges, by Catherine Davies and Melissa Dubie.
Autism-Asperger’s and Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond, by Jerry and Melissa Newport
Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Aspergers/Autism, by Eva A. Mendes
(You can also listen to a couple Thrive with Aspergers episodes by Eva Mendes here and here.)
The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder): A Guide to Living in an Intimate Relationship with a Partner who is on the Autism Spectrum Second Edition, by Maxine Aston and Tony Attwood.
Sex Education, Sexual Health, and the Autism Spectrum, an article by Dr. Rachel Loftin and Ann Hartlage
About Dr. Rachel Loftin
Website: Video Introduction
Bio: Rachel Loftin, PhD
AARTS Center: Autism Assessment, Research, and Treatment Services at Rush University Medical Center.
Finally, here’s the article I mentioned at the end of today’s episode: Girls Are Better At Masking Autism Than Boys.
Access a full transcript of this podcast interview here.
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