The Autism Spectrum Guide to Sexuality and Relationships

The Autism Spectrum Guide to Sexuality and Relationships : Understand Yourself and Make Choices That are Right for You

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Unravelling the complexities of relationships and sexuality, this straight-talking guide will help you to navigate the associated social, emotional and physical issues. Expert advice and real life examples give you the knowledge to reflect on your own sexuality, provide you with information on different types of relationship, and gives you the confidence to decide which type of relationship is right for you. Together with important information on sexual health, this book will help you to understand how to find and maintain a relationship of your choosing in a safe and enjoyable way.

Exploring the often unspoken rules of sex and relationships, this book also covers often unaddressed topics, such as:

* what sexual attraction looks and feels like
* how to identify your own sexual identity and preferences (and how they may change)
* what your rights are, and how to stay safe
* having children, or choosing not to, the impact of this on relationships
* how to recognise power imbalances within relationships, and what to do
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 22mm | 320g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 black and white diagram
  • 1849057052
  • 9781849057059
  • 42,298

Table of contents

Foreword by Dr Wenn Lawson. Foreword by Jeanette Purkis. Introduction. 1. Overview of Relationships and Sexuality. 2. Gender. 3. Types of Sexuality. 4. Types of Relationships. 5. Understanding Your Own Sexuality. 6. Understanding the Sexuality of Others. 7. Sexual Relationships. 8. Non-sexual Relationships. 9. Starting Sexual Relationships. 10. Sexual Relationships in Real Life. 11. Meeting Online and Transitioning to Real Life. 12. Ending Relationships. 13. Reasons Why You Should End Long-term Relationships. 14. Maintaining Long-term Relationships. 15. Sexual Activity and Sexual Pleasure. 16. Sexual Activity By Yourself. 17. Sexual Activity with Someone Else. 18. Having Children (Your Own and Others') and How this Affects Relationships. 19. Choosing Not to Have Children. 20. Physical and Mental Health and Relationships. 21. Physical and Mental Health and Sexual Activity. Summary.
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The Autism Spectrum Guide to Sexuality and Relationships is a solid guide...Powerful, easy-to-read and practical advice providing knowledge and strategies for people with autism. -- Ioannis Voskopoulos and Labrini Ioannou, Psychologists All too often in life and literature autistic people are cast as sexless, childlike beings. In fact, this could not be further from the truth. The Autism Spectrum Guide to Relationships and Sexuality addresses this by providing a highly useful guide for adults on the autism spectrum which focusses on practically everything related to relationships, dating and sex. I would have found this book particularly helpful when I was a young adult coming to terms with my gender identity and sexuality and starting to have my first experiences of sexual relationships.

The book is completely free of any kind of judgement or moralising. It is respectful and inclusive of the various sexualities and gender differences that people have. The book includes detailed information on a number of topics which autistic adults will find useful, such as different types of sexuality, starting relationships, dating, sexual pleasure and ending relationships. The text is subtle and nuanced, providing information on some complex topics such as people whose sexuality changes over time and how that can impact on their partner. Few topics are left out so it really is a one-stop-shop for adults on the spectrum wanting to gather some useful strategies and understanding around the topic of relationships. -- From the foreword by Jeanette Purkis, autism advocate, public speaker and author of Finding a Different Kind of Normal and The Wonderful World of Work
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About Emma Goodall

Emma Goodall, PhD, is a Senior Autism Advisor in South Australia and an executive committee member of the Australian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) as well as an executive committee member for the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand (ASAN Aus/NZ). Emma has volunteered for an HIV support service, was married and divorced by the age of 22 and has a range of friends across all genders and with a variety of sexualities. As an educator, she understands the damage that bad information can cause in relation to being able to live happily and enjoy one's sexuality. Emma lives in Adelaide, South Australia, with her partner. Dr Wenn B. Lawson PhD, CPsychol is a lecturer and author. Since being diagnosed with autism in 1994, Wenn is passionately committed to campaigning for the rights of people on the autism spectrum. In 2008 Wenn was awarded fourth place in the 'Victorian Australian of the Year' awards. Yenn Purkis is an autistic and non-binary advocate, author and presenter. Yenn has a Masters degree in Fine Art from RMIT University. Yenn has given a presentation for TEDx Canberra and has been a frequent keynote presenter at autism and disability events for several years. Yenn has a number of awards, including the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year award and a number of other awards for community leadership including being nominated for the Australian of the Year award in 2017. Yenn has worked full-time for the Australian Public Service since 2007. They have facilitated a support group for autistic women and gender diverse folks in Canberra since 2011. Yenn has featured in media interviews for many years and was one of four autistic adults featured in the ABC TV documentary Alone in a Crowded Room. Yenn lives in Canberra, Australia.
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