Sex, Sexuality and the Autism Spectrum

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Dec 20, 2004 - Psychology - 176 pages
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Written by an 'insider', an openly gay autistic adult, Wendy Lawson writes frankly and honestly about autism, sex and sexuality. In her new book, she draws upon her own experience to examine the implications of being autistic on relationships, sex and sexuality. Having discussed subjects such as basic sex education and autism, the author goes further to explore the wider issues of interpersonal relationships, same sex attraction, bisexuality and transgender issues. She also examines the unspoken rules that exist between people in relationships and explains why these rules can be difficult and confusing for people with autism. This book will give courage and information to adults with autism or Asperger Syndrome and provide essential insights to those living and working with them.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
10
Introduction
12
ASD and Sexuality
17
2 Sex Education
30
3 Discovering Relationships
43
4 Being in a Partnership
62
5 Discovering Bisexuality Homosexuality or Transgender Dispositions
80
6 Making It Work
93
9 Accepting and Celebrating Who I Am
128
Couple Activities Just for Fun
146
Worksheets
152
Ben Roes Sexual Orientation Worksheet
158
A Sensory Profile Discussion Sheet
164
References
167
Further Reading and Resources
168
Subject Index
171

7 Building a Safe Place
105
8 Maintaining Our Safe Place
115

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About the author (2004)

Wendy Lawson is a mother of four, who was originally diagnosed as being intellectually disabled, then in her teens, as being schizophrenic, and finally in 1994, as having an autism spectrum disorder. She has been married, separated and divorced, has experienced the death of one of her teenage sons, gone through moving from one country to another, losing friends and status due to being openly gay, faced ill health and recently come to terms with the fact that she is aging! Her youngest son was diagnosed at the age of 12 as having Asperger's Syndrome. As a qualified counsellor, social worker and psychologist Wendy has operated her own private practice for many years. She is the author of five books, including Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism, and Build Your Own Life: A Self-help Guide for Individuals With Asperger's Syndrome, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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