Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Paper Session #110
Sexuality and the Spectrum: Lessons on Sex, Dating, and Love, Autism Style
Sunday, May 29, 2016
4:00 PM–4:20 PM
Randolph, Hyatt Regency, Bronze East
Area: AUT
Chair: Amy Gravino (A.S.C.O.T Coaching)
Sexuality and the Spectrum: Lessons on Sex, Dating, and Love, Autism Style
Domain: Applied Research
AMY GRAVINO (A.S.C.O.T Coaching)
Abstract: Individuals on the autism spectrum are sexual beings, yet they are often not taught the necessary skills to be successful in romantic relationships. Thissession features a firsthand personal narrative from a woman on the autism spectrum, and gives an inside perspective on both the triumphs and heartbreaks of young adulthood.The potential for using principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to teach these skills and challenges that may arise in doing so will be addressed, as well as differences between males and females on the autism spectrum and challenges they may face as they encounter adolescence, puberty, and young adulthood. Strategies for professionals and parents to discuss issues and assist individuals on the spectrum in navigating relationships, avoiding victimization, and becoming empowered will also be discussed.



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