New Online Course and Toolkit: Puberty, Sex, and Sexuality: An Introduction for Autistic Teens and Adults

Jaye Capretto, Ph.D., M.Ed., LPC-MHSP, RPT
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Licensed Professional Counselor
Registered Play Therapist
Former Postdoctoral Fellow, VKC TRIAD
Vanderbilt Consortium LEND Trainee Graduate

Access the online course at https://triad.vkclearning.org (requires the creation of a profile to access).

Download a free digital copy of the 16-page toolkit, as well as other VKC autism-related materials, at https://vkc.vumc.org/vkc/resources/autism.

To request a print copy of the toolkit, contact Mary Dangerfield at mary.dangerfield@vumc.org.

For more information on this product, contact Dr. Capretto at jayecapretto@reboundmh.org.

Transcript:
– Hi, I’m Dr. Jaye Capretto and I’m a licensed Clinical Psychologist. I’m here today to tell you about a new toolkit, I created as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the UMC, that provides information about puberty, sex and sexuality for autistic teens and adults. Sometimes autistic people and people with other developmental disabilities, aren’t given the chance to learn about sex education. But they have the same need and right to learn as everyone else. So its main audience, is autistic people. Our goal has been to create an accessible, interactive resource that can be meaningful for anyone who can review this information either on their own or with the support of a trusted adult. Learning about sex and sexuality is an important way to understand yourself, as well as to make informed and safe decisions about what sex and sexuality mean to you. Sexuality is different for every person and special care has been taken in this toolkit to talk about these important topics in a way that is respectful of all bodies, sexual orientations and gender identities. This toolkit covers many different topics, including puberty, health and reproduction, understanding things like public versus private, gender and sexuality, different types of relationships, sexual feelings, sex and safety and consent. You can learn about all of these topics or you can pick and choose the ones that are the most important for you. The toolkit comes in two different versions. The first is a shorter booklet that you can print or look at online. And the second is a more detailed online course that you can complete on your own time. The online course includes a lot of fun and interactive activities, videos, and visuals to support meaningful learning. An application workbook also accompanies each topic to help users apply the information to their own lives. We are very grateful for the Vanderbilt Kennedy Centers, Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND training program for helping to support the development of this toolkit. Be sure to take a look at the links below, to access both the online and the print board versions of this toolkit. And we hope this resource is helpful to teens and adults and the support of people who know them.

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