Sexuality and Severe Autism


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Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. The Context of Sexuality and Severe Autism. 2. A Framework for Teaching Sexuality. 3. Boys and Men. 4. Girls and Women. 5. Appropriate Behaviour. 6. Recognising and Reporting When Things Don't Seem Right. 7. Long Term Future. Appendices. References. Resources. Index.

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A handbook for parents to educate children with severe autism about sexuality and staying safe

About the Author

Kate E. Reynolds, MSc (Dist) BSc. RGN. PGDipHEd. PGDipCouns., worked for the UK's National Health Service for 18 years, seven of which were in HIV/Aids and sexual health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Senior Counsellor and staff trainer. In 2005 Kate's son was diagnosed as having 'classic' autism with intellectual (learning) disabilities. Since then, Kate has written several books for JKP about sexuality education and autism/intellectual disabilities. She is a researcher and public speaker; in 2016 she spoke at an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting about sex education and disability and speaks extensively with parents and caregivers.


Sexuality and Severe Autism... is a relatively short and accessible book written by a health care professional who is also the mother of a son on the spectrum and so can bring genuine insight to the topic. This book includes many important topics (e.g. public and private behaviours and sexual abuse), contains lots of practical advice and tactics and is respectful in focus.
*Davida Hartman for Autism Sex Education ,*

This is not simply a book that can educate and inform. Reynolds makes the point that the book is also about 'protection' and that severely autistic children need to possess a broad sexual knowledge, from knowing the correct names for body parts (and understanding their function in sex), to how to recognise and report abuse.
*Action for Aspergers*

Provides a practical handbook to sex and sexuality, showing parents and educators how to impart the basics to even the most severely autistic child.
*Midwest Book Review*

This book is an excellent guide for parents of children with more severe forms of autism struggling with how to talk about sexuality and keep their kids safe. Reynolds delivers an honest account of the issues sometimes faced by those with autism while providing practical strategies for tackling this somewhat taboo subject from the sensitivity and experience of a parent's perspective.
*Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, author of The Science of Making Friends, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA, Founder and Director, UCLA PEERS Clinic*

I find this book to be informative and inspiring; I really hope parents, carers and professionals alike learn from it, in turn impacting positively on this key area of people's lives.
*Jo Hinchliffe, Family Planning Association Project Officer*

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