Asperger's Syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescence Through Adulthood

Asperger's Syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescence Through Adulthood

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By (author) Isabelle Henault, Foreword by Tony Attwood

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  • Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 294mm x 12mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843101890
  • ISBN 13: 9781843101895
  • Sales rank: 84,225

Product description

Playing the dating game is often tricky: all the more so for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. How do AS adolescents and their families cope with sexual feelings and behaviour? What help can be given if a man with AS oversteps the mark in expressing his sexuality? How do people with AS deal with intimacy and communication in sexual relationships? In this comprehensive and unique guide, Isabelle Henault delivers practical information and advice on issues ranging from puberty and sexual development, gender identity disorders, couples' therapy to guidelines for sex education programs and maintaining sexual boundaries. This book will prove indispensable to parents, teachers, counsellors and individuals with AS themselves.

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Isabelle Henault has a masters degree in sexology and a doctorate of psychology from the Quebec University in Montreal. She has a private practice that provides assessment and therapy for individuals, couples and families, and acts as a consultant to a variety of organizations and schools. Her expertise lies in Asperger's Syndrome, with a special emphasis on sexuality, and she is the author of a sociosexual education programme for people with AS. She is involved with several international research projects on sexual education and psychotherapy for people on the autism spectrum.

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In this comprehensive and unique guide, the author provides practical information and advice on issues ranging from puberty and sexual development, gender identity disorders couples' therapy to guidelines for sex education programs and maintaining sexual boundaries. This book will suit parents, teachers, counsellors and individuals with Asperger Syndrome. -- The Spectrum The book covers a myriad of topics relevant to the adolescent with Asperger Syndrome, such as body image, self-esteem, masturbation and personal hygiene. Topics for adults include contraception, libido, responsibility and decision-making. Many topics are illustrated with case examples and specific strategies to try (such as a daily hygiene chart). -- Autism Victoria Library This guide for people with AS and those who care for them presents practical information and advice on issues ranging from contraception to couple dynamics and gender identity. A number of worksheets and activities for the development of sociosexual skills are provided in the second half of the volume. The author is a psychologist specializing in sexual education and psychotherapy for people on the autism spectrum. -- Book News People who have AS are just as loving, caring and have a sex life just like anybody else. This book I am very impressed with. It is very rare. There is no research; sex education for AS needs research. -- Asperger United

Table of contents

Contents: Foreword Tony Attwood. Introduction. Part 1: Exploring sexuality and Asperger's Syndrome 1. Sexual development. 2. Inappropriate sexual behaviors: comprehension and intervention (with Dr Patrick Papazian). 3. Social skills. 4. Sexual diversity and gender identity. 5. Couples, intimacy and sexuality. 6. The sociosexual education programme. Part 2: Programme for the development of sociosexual skills. Appendix: The sexual profile of adults with Asperger's Syndrome: The need for support and intervention (with Tony Attwood). References. Index.