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Sexuality in Neurodivergent Individuals; Part 1 of the two-part series

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Part 1 of a two-part series on sexuality in autistic individuals and individuals with ADHD; special focus on challenges in research.

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Sexuality, Romantic Relationships and Sexual Offending Behaviour in Autistic People and Individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – Part 1 of a two-part series

This is Part 1 of a free two-part series on sexuality in autistic individuals and individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and also looking at the challenges and barriers to conducting research in this area.

Across the two-part series, six key academics in the field, from across the world, have been invited to take part in this two-part series on sexuality in autistic individuals and individuals with ADHD with a panel debate on the challenges encountered when carrying out research in this field and what some of the barriers are to overcoming these.

Part 1 of the series (detailed below) will take place online on the 1st of September 2021 between 17:00 and 20:00 (BST).

Part 2 of the series will take place online on the 8th of September 2021 between 8:00 and 11:00 (BST).

This two-part series will be of interest to autistic people and people with ADHD, their families, researchers, educational professionals, health professionals etc.

The tickets for both part 1 and 2 are free. If you are interested in participating in both parts of the series, then please book tickets separately. For details on part 2 go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/160829313807

Sexuality and romantic relationships are essential parts of life for many people. A relatively modest amount of research has been conducted on sexuality and romantic relationship experiences, as well as sex education in autistic individuals; and there appears to be even less understanding on the subject with regards to individuals with ADHD and ASD co-occurring with ADHD. The existing research, however, indicates that many young autistic people and young people with ADHD encounter challenges with creating and maintaining their romantic relationships, and the current sex education provided in schools and colleges for all youth is not always appropriate for all neurodivergent young people. Research also highlights that, compared to their neurotypical peers, young people with neurodevelopmental conditions tend to receive much less support on sexual topics from their parents, who often feel that they lack appropriate skills to help their children with some sex-related issues. Literature also indicates that some neurodivergent young people lack a full understanding and appreciation of the social nuances of dating and intimacy, which is crucial for developing and maintaining healthy romantic relationships.

1st September: 17:00-20:00 (BST)

17:00 – 17: 20 (BST) - Chair and Speaker 1: Magdalena Smusz (United Kingdom) (introduction to the series and presentation)

Romantic Relationships and Sex Education in Young Individuals with ASD, ADHD and ASD co-occurring with ADHD

Magdalena Smusz is a PhD researcher at the University of Salford. Her PhD project focuses on romantic relationships and sex education in young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and ASD co-occurring with ADHD.

17:20-17:50 (BST)- Speaker 2: MD, PD Dr med. Daniel Schöttle (Germany) (presentation)

Introduction into Sexuality in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

MD, PD Dr. med. Daniel Schöttle is a consultant in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Hamburg, Germany. Dr Schöttle's main research area involves improving health care for patients with severe mental disorders, especially psychotic disorders, integrated care and home treatment and sexuality in individuals with ASD and ADHD.

17:50-18:20 (BST)- Speaker 3: Samaneh Amani Jabalkandi (Iran) (presentation)

Couple Conflict, Relationship Dissatisfaction and Sexual Dysfunctions in Adults with ADHD

Samaneh Amani Jabalkandi will be starting her PhD research at the University of Iowa in August 2021. Prior to that, she was a researcher in the Department of Clinical Psychology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran. Her research interests are the lives of individuals with ADHD including infidelity, sexuality and intimacy, culturally sensitive clinical and research practices.

18:20-18:50 (BST)- Speaker 4: Dr Melanie Clark Mogavero (United States) (presentation)

Autism, Sexual Offending, and the Criminal Justice System

Dr Melanie Clark Mogavero is a Professor (Assistant) at the Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Sociology, and Human Rights, Georgian Court University, US. Dr Mogavero’s research is predominantly on sexual offending, sex offender policy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and sexuality, and persons with disabilities in the criminal justice system.

18.50 – 19.00 (BST) – Short break

19:00- 19:50 (BTS)- Panel debate: Sexuality, Romantic Relationships and Sexual Offending Behaviour in Autistic People and Individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Challenges in Research + Q&A

19:50-20:00 (BTS)- Concluding remarks: Magdalena Smusz

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