"Development of Adaptive Sexual Skills for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome” Autism NT is proud to present
Dr. Isabelle Henault M.A., Ph.D.
2 DAY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
7 & 8 March 2011
Quality Hotel Frontier - Arafura Room
Buffalo Court, Darwin
Cost to be advised
A MUST FOR ANYONE WORKING WITH TEENAGERS OR YOUNG ADULTS
Adaptive Skills for Individuals with
High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
Dr Isabelle Hénault is a psychologist from the University of Québec at Montréal, Canada. Her practice and studies have focused on providing diagnosis, education and support to children, adolescents, adults and couples living with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Dr Hénault has developed a relationship and sex education program, and works with individuals and groups to increase their understanding of sexuality, and conducts relationship counselling. She is presently collaborating on numerous international research initiatives involving socio-sexual education and interpersonal relationships. Dr Hénault is the author of Asperger's Syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescence through Adulthood, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London (2005).
The last number of years has seen rapid development in interventions related to High Functioning Autism (HFA) or Asperger's Syndrome (AS). However, programs incorporating themes related to interpersonal relationships and sexuality are very few in number despite the pressing concerns of families and couples affected by HFA or AS.
This presentation concerns the learning of appropriate sexual behaviours for adolescents and young adults. The aim is to check how much intensive sex education could replace problem sexual behaviours by new behaviours that enhance social adaptation.
The presentation will elaborate on strategies to improve the social and sexual skills of individuals with AS. The following topics will be addressed:
- Friendship: personal values, personality and interpreting different messages;
- Emotions: "Mind Reading" software, how to read emotions of the face, expressing emotions related to sexuality;
- Communication: verbal and non-verbal, Theory of Mind;
- Sexual behaviour: enhancing appropriate behaviours, hyper- and hyposensitivity of the body;
- Intimacy: in couples and families, misinterpretations, demands;
- Interpersonal relationships in different contexts: school, work, friends, couples. Finally, case illustrations and examples will be discussed.