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Therapy: ABA, Core Services OAP

Age:     All Ages

Fees: Differ per service and time of day that is booked. Please contact us for ABI’s Rate Card

Eligibility: Determined by screen. 

Languages offered: English

Referral:     No

Location:    In-person and/or virtual 

 

About Sex Education

Sex education tailored to the needs of autistic individuals can promote autonomy, safety, and well-being, empowering them to navigate the complexities of sexuality and relationships with confidence and understanding.

See below for ABI’s sex education options:

Option 1:

  • Parents can customize and individualise what they wish their child to learn in the “Individual” approach using the science of ABA to teach.

Option 2:

  • Using the “Rights, Respect, Responsibility Sex Education” curriculum taught by ABI our Specialists. This curriculum is built on 30 years of research into effective sex education programs, and addresses both the functional knowledge related to sexuality and the specific skills necessary to adopt healthy behaviours. Available for ages 4 and up.  Topics include:
    1. Anatomy and physiology
    2. Puberty and adolescent development
    3. Identity
    4. Pregnancy and reproduction
    5. STDs/HIV
    6. Healthy relationships
    7. Personal safety

Note that the total number of lessons will vary based on the ability of the student and scope appropriate to teach relative to age and comprehension.

How Teaching Sex Education Can Help:

Understanding Boundaries: Sex education helps autistic individuals understand boundaries, both physical and emotional, in relationships, leading to healthier interactions with others.

Safety: Learning about sex education helps autistic individuals recognize potentially dangerous situations, understand consent, and develop strategies to stay safe.

Self-Advocacy: Sex education empowers autistic individuals to advocate for their own sexual health and well-being, including seeking appropriate medical care and support.

Social Skills: Sex education provides opportunities for learning social skills related to dating, relationships, and interpersonal communication, enhancing social integration and confidence.

Reducing Anxiety: Knowledge about sexual health and relationships can reduce anxiety and uncertainty for autistic individuals, providing them with a sense of predictability and control in social situations.

Understanding Emotions: Sex education teaches autistic individuals to recognize and manage their own emotions and those of others, fostering empathy and emotional regulation in relationships.

Promoting Healthy Relationships: By teaching about mutual respect, communication, and consent, sex education helps autistic individuals develop and maintain healthy and fulfilling relationships.

Independence: Sex education equips autistic individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary for making informed decisions about their own bodies and relationships, promoting independence and self-determination.

Addressing Misconceptions: Sex education can dispel myths and misconceptions about sexuality and relationships, providing accurate information and promoting a positive attitude towards sexuality.

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What is sex education?

Sex education can involve teaching about a person’s sexuality, how their body works, and how their body can feel in particular situations. It can also involve discussion about puberty’s changes and the various types of relationships humans have. It is important to note that interactions and emotions may vary from person to person. At ABI, we incorporate teaching about the differences in our human interactions and how to understand their safe boundaries.

Why sex education important?

Having conversations about sex and sexuality, puberty, and relationships might be an uncomfortable topic for parents to have with their child. Many of our parents worry that they don’t know how to teach their children sex education effectively and in an engaging way. It is crucial for all adolescents to be educated about their sexuality and how to engage in relationships for their well-being and safety. Welcoming these conversations can create a comfortable environment where they can ask questions and share information.

Ultimately, sex education can pave the way for healthy behaviours and relationships throughout an individual’s lifetime

What can it look like?

Additionally, consent is a crucial component of our sex education curriculum. Through role-playing, social stories, and visual media, we aim to teach students what sexual assault looks like and how to respond appropriately to inappropriate physical and verbal behaviour.

 At ABI, we believe in providing a customized sex education curriculum that caters to the individual needs of each student. Our curriculum is designed to be delivered through a variety of teaching tools and strategies to help deliver messages effectively. We use visual stories, models, videos, and discussions to develop and enhance students’ understanding of relationships, boundaries, and sexuality.

OUR PROCESS

Meeting you where you are, Applied Behavioural Interventions & ABI Home Health & Wellness, is committed to providing those we serve with the necessary tools so that they may live their life to its greatest potential. Working with the entire family, we value connection, engagement and family-centred care, in your home and in your community.

 
 

Call, email or click on our chat box to book a time to chat to a Parent Service Co-Ordinator.

Once you have decided that ABI is the right fit for your family, we will book an in-home assessment where we will individualize a treatment plan.

Our Director, a Registered Nurse and BCBA, will meet with you personally to discuss recommendations based on the assessment and a proposal for service is submitted to you for approval. This is a fluid conversation where you decide what will work best for your child, and for your family.