Sexuality & Relationship Education in Developmental Disabilities & Autism
Trawl through most autism websites and you’ll find an array of issues relating to sexuality. These can range from specific problems about those who are already adolescent, to the on-going conversation about whether or not we should sexually educate autistic children at the more severe end of the spectrum. Despite the broadness of the issues, one thing is clear: sexuality is a subject with which all parents and caregivers of autistic children have to grapple.
Kate Reynolds, MSc (Dist) BSc. RGN. PGDipHEd. PGDipCouns., worked for the NHS for 18 years, seven of which were in HIV/Aids and sexual health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Senior Counsellor and trainer. In 2005 Kate's son was diagnosed as having 'classic' autism with intellectual (learning) disabilities. Her daughter had epilepsy and Asperger syndrome.
Kate has written seven books about sexuality education and autism/developmental/intellectual disabilities as well as other subjects. She is a public speaker at conferences for the National Autistic Society. In 2016 she spoke at an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting about sex education and disability and works extensively with parents and caregivers.
Kate is researching relationships and sexuality education and developmental/intellectual disabilities for her PhD at University of Bristol. Her latest book, ‘What to do about Smearing: a practical guide for parents and caregivers of people with autism, developmental and intellectual disabilities’ will be published in February 2017.
Kate Reynolds will give a presentation discussing the following issues
- Who should teach SRE?
- When should SRE start?
- What information should be included in SRE?
- How can key messages about SRE be taught?
- How can inappropriate sexual behaviours be prevented?
- What are the issues for parents?
This promises to be a practical and informative lecture. All welcome.
Tickets to be paid for on the door - £3 for students, £5 for members of CYPF Specialist Section and £15 for non-members. Student members FREE!
Date and Time
Wolfson Lecture Theatre, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery,