Autism: Let's Talk About Sex: Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health
Due to lack of specialists provision, support, advice and guidance for young people during lockdown. We had increase of concern from parents, carers and professionals seeking for advice around sexual health, relationship, puberty and gender. We hope these sessions will provide the support you need in the pandemic.
June 15th (young people): Autistic ladies and theydies: why do I feel different?
In this session we will
• Identify autistic traits and how they might be different for girls, femmes and non-binary people
• Explore concepts such as theory of mind, executive function, social interaction, and sensory sensitivity and see how they relate to your life
• Look at the concept of masking and how we mask every day
• Practical activities and discussions, with recommended relevant resources to explore after the session.
Letter to autistic ladies and theydies who want to attend:
Message from Corrie - I work with autistic young people. I have spent a lot of time working with autistic girls, femmes and non-binary people and I know that sometimes grown-ups expect autistic girls and boys to be exactly the same and its not true!
In this 2 hour session we will learn some interesting facts, have a chat, and do some activities to help us understand ourselves a little bit better. We will be talking about subjects like anxiety, masking and sensory sensitivities.
This session will be informal and give us a chance to share experiences and learning a little bit more about yourselves.
*PARENT/CARER NEED TO ATTEND PART 1 FOR THEIR CHILD TO ATTEND PART TWO*
21st June (Parents, carers and practitioners) :
Part 1: A gentle introduction to relationships and sexual health for parents and carers caring for a child with autism and/or learning disabilities
includes extended recommended further resources
A gentle introduction to sexual health, this relaxed, informal session focuses on the importance of acknowledging a child/young person’s sexuality as part of their identity, as well as helping to protect them against vulnerabilities.
• Importance of talking about relationships and sexual health
• Human rights and vulnerabilities
• The natural progression of sexuality
• Discussing key topics that might come up, with some practical tips.
• Open and honest Q&A
• Information from session sent to parents by email
*Trigger warning this session will discuss statistic around child sexual abuse*
This session is delivered by Corrie, who delivers relationship, sexual health and parenthood sessions to young people, parents, carers and professionals. Corrie is a carer herself and is neurodiverse. They understand how awkward this topic can be, and this session gives parents and carers a safe space to discuss any worries or concerns they have.
The session is very informal, relaxed, and an opportunity to connect with other parents and carers who are also supporting their children through a difficult stage in their lives.
*We are delivering a session directly to young people. If you would like your child to attend, you must attend this session. This ensures that you have the tools and confidence to support them as they learn more about their changing bodies.*
23rd July (young people):
Part 2: Puberty and growing up – what’s happening to my body?
*ALL ATTENDEES MUST HAVE HAD A PARENT/CARER ATTEND PART 1*
Age range: 11-18
Growing up can be really hard! Corrie talks to young people all over the UK about growing up, and especially likes to support people who have find this time a little bit confusing. Corrie is neurodiverse and knows how confusing all the information can be about growing up and puberty.
In this session we will talk about:
- What is puberty and how does it change my body?
- Talk about topics like growing up, periods and changes in our emotions
- Have an open conversation about how difficult it can be go through puberty
The webinar is on July 23rd and will use Zoom. You don't have to have your camera on or talk if you don't want to.
If you want to go to this session, make sure a family member or carer attends the parent and carer session on June 15th
Letter for young people
My name is Corrie and I work with young people across the UK. I know that sometimes learning about growing up and puberty can be difficult!
In this 2 hour session we will learn some interesting facts, have a chat, and do some activities to help us understand our bodies a little bit better. We will be talking about subjects like changing bodies, periods, consent and relationships.
The webinar is on July 23rd and will use Zoom. You don't have to have your camera on or talk if you don't want to. If you want to go to this session, make sure a family member or carer attends the parent and carer session on June 15th
If you would like to attend, please get in touch with email@example.com
Really looking forward to meet you
Supported by Autism Thrive Services.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Venessa Bobb
- Contact Position
- 07908 380 415
Sex education - a guide for parents
It can be difficult to talk to your child about sex and sexuality, particularly if they are autistic. It may take your child a little longer to process or pick up on certain concepts. They may struggle with understanding ‘appropriate’ behaviour when it comes to sex and relationships.
To help you with this, we’ve put together some ideas for talking to your child about puberty, sex, sexuality and relationships, as well as links to some useful resources.
READ MORE - National Autistic Society Website
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- 7 - 9pm
- Time of day
- Session Information
Please do check eventbrite to register to receive the zoom links.
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type Early Bird £30 (15 June) Contact Provider Early Bird £80 (21 June & 23 July) Contact Provider
- Early Bird £30 - Thereafter £50 after 11 June Early Bird £80 - Thereafter £120 after 15 June
- Referral required
Last updated: 17 Jun 2021