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Sexuality is a topic that is difficult, or at least uncomfortable, for many professionals and parents to discuss, but it is a topic that will often be an issue needing to be addressed for the many individuals with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Issues vary from individual to individual but may include social skills deficits impacting romantic relationships and interpersonal sexual relations, deficits in independence as related to personal hygiene, issues with masturbation, inappropriate sexual behaviors in public, sexual advances towards inappropriate people, and issues with perspective taking to name a few. Applied behavior analytic treatments can be highly effective in promoting appropriate sexual behaviors and sexual expression in adolescents and adults. This workshop will focus on behaviorally based strategies useful for individuals with developmental disabilities including individuals on all ends of the autism spectrum. This talk will begin with an overview of general issues regarding sexuality development as it relates to individuals with developmental disabilities. We will address the understanding of problem sexual behavior through functional assessment methods and discuss replacement treatment options based on function. We will discuss topics such as sexual development, sexuality knowledge, sexual behaviors both appropriate and inappropriate, issues regarding consent and common parent concerns. We will then move into more specific topics which could be included within a behaviorally-based sexual education curriculum designed for individuals with developmental disabilities and ASD. Treatment strategies discussed will include, but are not limited to, reinforcement-based procedures, video modeling, task analysis schedules, picture activity schedules, scripts and script fading, and social stories. Empirically supported literature and data will be presented where applicable and available. Although sexuality is an issue that often comes to the forefront in adolescence or early adulthood, information on sexuality is important for individuals of all ages. Topics related to ethical decision making will also be discussed.
At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) state common issues experienced by people with developmental disabilities and ASD as they relate to appropriate and satisfying sexual development and expression; (2) develop several teaching programs for skill acquisition of several sexual behaviors using techniques and theories consistent with applied behavior analysis; (3) conduct a functional assessment of problem behavior as it relates to sexual expression and develop a behavior intervention plan based on the function; (4) identify issues associated with consent.
9:30-9:40 am: Introduction
9:40 am: Conference begins
10:45 am: break
11:00 am: Presentation resumes
12:30-1:30 pm: 1 hour break
1:30 pm: Presentation resumes
2:45 pm: Break
3:00 pm: Presentation resumes
4:00 pm: Q & A- Submit questions via chat
4:25 pm: Post-test and fill out evaluation and attendance code submission form
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Sorah Stein, MA, BCBA, CSE is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (www.BACB.com) and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (www.AASECT.org). Sorah has 20 years of professional experience in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, and is one of the very few dually certified BCBA and CSE in the world, focusing her efforts on providing sexuality education to individuals with developmental disabilities via behavior analytic methods. Sorah is also mom to 3 children, the oldest of whom has Autism.
Sorah has extensive experience working with individuals and teams to conduct comprehensive functional behavior assessments working with both adults and children with a variety of developmental disabilities. Sorah has worked in the medicaid waiver program, residential and day services, and within a state funded consultation program. She continues to work with children with autism, within the medicaid waiver program, and teaches at Indiana University South Bend. Sorah has experience with mentoring others in completing and writing reports for thorough functional behavior assessments, resulting in effective behavior support plans.
Dr. Frank Cicero is a New York State licensed psychologist, licensed behavior analyst and board certified behavior analyst with over 20 experience working in the fields of applied behavior analysis and autism spectrum disorders. He received his masters degree in school psychology from St. John’s University and his doctoral degree in educational psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dr. Cicero is currently an assistant professor and aba program director for Seton Hall University, New Jersey. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Psychological Services for the Eden II Programs, an applied behavior analysis agency in the New York City area serving children and adults on the autism spectrum. Dr. Cicero continues a private practice for child/adolescent psychology and aba as well as conducts program consultations in best practice treatment for autism, developmental disabilities and problem behavior. Dr. Cicero frequently conducts workshops and trainings nationally on a variety of topics within his fields of expertise. He also has several publications including peer reviewed articles, book chapters and a training book titled “Toilet Training Success.”
Presenter Disclosure Statement
Sorah Stein and Frank Cicero do not have a financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk. Both speakers earn speaker fees for presenting ABACLive webinars.
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