Sex, Sexuality and the Autism Spectrum

Sex, Sexuality and the Autism Spectrum

Sex, Sexuality and the Autism Spectrum

Sex, Sexuality and the Autism Spectrum

Synopsis

"Sex, Sexuality and the Autism Spectrum is about how the differing cognitive style and sensory profiles experienced in ASD impact upon communication and relating." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Wendy Lawson has an amazing gift and ability not only to explain how she experiences the world, but then to use this insight and knowledge to help others better understand themselves. She generously shares her personal experiences and shows how her understanding has developed. Despite some very painful and difficult times, Wendy chooses to focus on the positives and explains the strategies she has developed to enhance her personal and sexual relationships.

Little has been written on relationships and sexuality within the context of autism and, as Wendy points out, the literature that does exist is often negative and focuses on the problems that may occur. There are even those who have suggested that it is not necessary or appropriate to provide sex education for individuals with autism. However, as Heta Pukki (2003), a woman with autism, suggests, for some individuals with autism, ‘nothing happening’ can be as depressing and damaging as an abusive experience and Pukki argues strongly for education on sexuality and relationships. This book will greatly help individuals with autism as it provides clear advice and guidance on how to assess and respond to the behaviour of others. It provides a positive view and will raise awareness amongst professionals and parents of the need to consider and discuss relationships and sexuality.

Wendy’s life to date equips her extremely well to write on this topic. She was married for 20 years, had four children, and is now in a lesbian relationship with a longstanding friend. Wendy draws on these experiences and the discussions she has had with her relatives, friends and partners to raise issues and to illustrate useful strategies for negotiating the very difficult territory of gaining and maintaining . . .

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