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Addressing Relationship & Sexuality Issues with Individuals Who Have ASD


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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Presented by: Dr. Kimberly Spence, Ph.D. and Jason Klazon
Hosted by: UF Health/Jacksonville CARD, UF Health FDLRS - MDC

Training Description

This training will provide information and suggested strategies for teachers and other school-based personnel supporting school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who may be engaging in sexually maladaptive behavior at school including: touching others without permission, attempting to masturbate, unwanted attempts to engage in romantic relationships, and difficulty understanding physical boundaries with others. The presenters will review current research regarding individuals with ASD who engage in sexually inappropriate behavior, as well as research-based teaching techniques to improve appropriate social interactions between students with ASD and their same-aged peers. Examples of intervention plans and suggestions for program development will be discussed along with recommendations for: differentiating different types of friendships (levels of friendship), developing personal safety plans, and assisting students in avoiding behavior defined as sexual harassment.


This training is for teachers, parents, caretakers, and professionals only. It is not appropriate for children or adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. CAUTION: Language, pictures, and images presented will be graphic in nature and may be offensive to some individuals.


Training Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the current research regarding sexually maladaptive behavior by individuals with ASD.
  • Identify specific, research-based teaching techniques best suited for intervening with sexually maladaptive behavior by students with ASD.
  • Be able to effectively identify sexually maladaptive behaviors requiring the development of a safety plan for students with ASD.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based, intervention strategies for creating personal safety plans for individuals with ASD who engage in problem sexual behavior at school.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate application(s) of evidence-based intervention strategies for clients with ASD who engage in problem sexual behavior at school, based upon specific behavioral presentations by students.
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When & Where

Adam W Herbert University Center
Building 43 University Center University of North Florida
12000 Alumni Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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