Autism-Asperger's & Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond

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Future Horizons, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 168 pages
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Many people on the spectrum never get "the talk" from their parents, and suffer from "information deficit." This book goes a long way toward filling in the gaps in their knowledge. It takes a candid look at aspects of sex and relationships as they apply to people on the autism spectrum:
  • building self-confidence
  • dating
  • personal grooming
  • cleanliness
  • explicit advice on how to initiate sex with a partner
Also covered:
  • avoiding pregnancy and STDs
  • dealing with rejection
  • how to build a loving relationship that includes sexual intimacy
This is an "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know" kind of book!Helpful chapters include:
  • Surviving the First Wave of Sexual Interest
  • What Should Parents Say and When Should They Say It?
  • The Best Way to Date Someone is to Be Yourself
  • Male & Female Advantages and Challenges in the Sexual Arena
  • Sensory Issues in Sex!
  • When Desire Leads to a Bad Relationship
  • What Do Men Really Want?
  • What Do Women Really Want?
  • Birth Control, Disease Prevention and Personal Responsibility
  • Rape, Molestation, and Abuse
 

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Good and practical solutions for the young students as they change and grow with life's challenges both in and out of the social peer pressures of puberty and development as young adults.
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read the opening intro to the first chapter, which gives deep consideration to the feelings, self-worth image and acceptance of those who are "different" than the "rest." Remembering how adolescent behavior in schools can affect any individual more inner directed than extroverted, it brings home the need for adult intervention, observation with a caring heart and eye. 

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Social or Sexual Relationships are not Created Overnight
1
Surviving the First Wave of Sexual Interest
17
What Should Parents Say and When Should They Say It?
29
The Best Way to Date Someone is to Be Yourself
41
Male and Female Advantages and Challenges in the Sexual Arena
53
Sensory Issues in Sex
67
When Desire Leads to a Bad Relationship
71
What Do Men Really Want?
79
Birth Control Disease Prevention and Personal Responsibility
113
Roads Less Traveled by and the Right to Travel Them
125
Rape Molestation and Abuse
135
What About the Late Bloomers?
145
Conclusion
159
Glossary
161
BookList
171
Addendum Jerry Mary Interview
173

What Do Women Really Want?
95

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About the author (2002)

Jerry Newport was diagnosed with Asperger's when he was 47 years old. Now a popular international speaker, he is one of the foremost advocates on adult issues that impact people with autism / Asperger's Syndrome. Jerry's fascinating, touching, and often humorous perspective on living on the spectrum makes his books and presentations intriguing and informative. His story was even featured on 60 Minutes. Jerry has a BA in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, and was a financial assistant for the UCLA Department of Medicine. He has been active in the Autism Society of America and is responsible for starting and running Adult Group United and Autistic (AGUA), a support group for adults diagnosed with autism / Asperger's / PDD.

Mary Newport feels both challenged and blessed by Asperger's Syndrome. Her enthusiasm for life and head-on approach to challenges have enabled her to achieve success as an actress, composer, concert piano technician, gemologist, cosmetologist, and writer. Jerry and Mary live in Flagstaff, Arizona, and they hope their book will enrich your life, or the life of someone you love.

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