ERIC Number: ED363071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Sex Education: Issues for the Person with Autism. Revised. Functional Programming for People with Autism: A Series.
Dalrymple, Nancy; And Others
Sex education for individuals with autism needs to be a part of planned instructional programs covering a variety of settings and foci, from health and hygiene to social skills and dating. The manner and amount of detail during the instruction will depend on the functioning level of the person being taught and what teaching strategies are most effective for that individual. The individual's behavioral repertoire must be assessed in the areas of observed sexual expression, development of modesty, interactions with others, awareness and acceptance of self, and self-care and hygiene. Concepts that could be included in social/sexual training include: growth and development; modesty; public and private; respect of privacy; differentiating among friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers; doing something about sexual feelings; and learning about "safe" sex. Techniques for teaching various social/sexual concepts and behaviors are discussed, such as establishing a menstrual routine, learning about appropriate touching, dating, and masturbation. (JDD)
Descriptors: Autism, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Education, Hygiene, Interpersonal Competence, Self Care Skills, Sex Education, Sexuality, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods
Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana University, 2853 E. Tenth St., Bloomington, IN 47408-2601 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Indiana Resource Center for Autism.
Note: The 1987 edition was authored by Carol Detmer and others. For related booklets, see EC 302 520-530.