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.
Sorah Stein, MA, BCBA, LBA (MI), CSE, CSES is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (www.BACB.com) and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator Supervisor (www.AASECT.org). Sorah has over 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 Stein, MA, BCBA, LBA (MI), CSE, CSES is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (www.BACB.com) and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator Supervisor (www.AASECT.org). Sorah has over 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 an invited presenter nationally and internationally on sexuality-related topics for parents and providers of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and has been a guest on the Behavioral Observations podcast, and The Daily BA.
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.
Dr. Frank Cicero is a New York State licensed psychologist, licensed behavior analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 23 years 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 has served on the board of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis since 2000 in various positions including President of the Board in 2015 and 2016. 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 including treatment of problem behavior, sexual education for individuals with ASD, toilet training and ethical practice of behavior analysis.
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.
10:00 am: Workshop begins - 5-10 min intro11:30 Break (10 m)11:40 Presentation resumes1:00 pm Break (30 m)1:30 pm: Presentation resumes2:50 pm: Break (10 m)3:00 pm: Presentation resumes4:00 pm: Q & A- Submit questions via chat4:25 pm: Post-test and fill out evaluation and attendance code submission form
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