The ASD Outreach Service for The Royal Borough of Greenwich provided a workshop on the issues of Puberty, Sexual Wellbeing and Relationships (PSR) for young people with autism to their parents and carers. This was followed by the NAS Greenwich AGM.
It was an introductory taster of the course developed by the Barnardo’s Cygnet programme for parents of children with an autism diagnosis.
The full course is a series of 3 sessions to develop parents confidence and understanding about issues relating to PSR and how they may impact on children on the autistic spectrum. Parents are given the opportunity to participate in activities and meet with other parents in a mutually supportive environment.
Topics covered were:
Puberty – what is puberty, understanding our body, looking after our body, when and where to display our body
Sexual wellbeing – what is sex about, focus of arousal, masturbation, sex and the law, touch and personal space
Relationships – types of relationships, building a relationship, feelings and emotions, engaging with others, keeping safe and bullying.
Barry Lee – Specialist Greenwich ASD Teacher and June Biggs – Senior Greenwich ASD Outreach Worker are licensed presenters of the Cygnet PSR course and presented the activities undertaken during the course.
Below are some useful links and info to the material covered:
Mary Wrobel (2003) Taking Care of Myself; Future Horizons
Pat Crissey (2005) Personal Hygiene; Jessica Kingsley
Lorna Scott/Lesley Kerr-Edwards (2010) Talking Together
Attwood (2008) Making Sense of Sex; Jessica Kingsley
Andrew,S & Fanstone, C (2009) Learning Disabilities, Sex and the Law, FPA
Manasco (2012) An exceptional children’s guide to touch, Jessica Kingsley
Anna Tickle & Betinna Stott (2010) Exploring Bullying, Jessica Kingsley
Touch and Say, Smile at Me, Apps for Autism
Games: Interact Together (email@example.com),