Social and sexual relationships can be challenging for individuals on the autism spectrum. Understanding the changes that come with puberty can also be challenging. The goal of this course is to assist behavior analysis professionals in clinical practice in designing strategies for helping individuals with autism spectrum disorders navigate the complexities of puberty and relationships. This training program is offered independent of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® (BACB®).
This course is designed to meet CE requirements as outlined by the BACB.
CEU Type: Learning
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Puberty and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Puberty Brings Change
Change Brings Challenges
Addressing the Challenge of Puberty and Autism
Strategies for Addressing Body Changes
What Behavior Analysts Should Know
Section 3: Healthy Peer Relationships and Autism
Social Communication Issues
Targeting Relationship Skills
Sexual and Gender Identity
Section 4: Supporting Safe Sexual Relationships and Autism
Safe Sexual Relationships
What Behavior Analysts Need to Know
Section 5: Conclusion
Dr. Whitby is an associate professor at the University of Arkansas and has worked in the area of applied behavior analysis for more than 20 years. She specializes in autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Whitby’s research interests are in the area of providing behavior supports to children with ASD in school settings. This includes sexuality education, skill acquisition in academics, and reduction of problem behaviors. Currently, she is researching access to services for children living in rural areas from extreme poverty. She has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on educating children with autism. Dr. Whitby is passionate about educational services for children with autism, as she believes this population has so much to offer yet is at great risk for not reaching their full potential unless proper educational supports are provided. Disclosure: Peggy Schaefer Whitby, PhD., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Sarah Campau
She specializes in working with adults with significant behavioral challenges. Sarah’s research interests include specialized sex education and LGBTQ+ advocacy for persons with disabilities Disclosure: Sarah Campau has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Tahra Cessna, BCBA
Tahra has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2002. She is the Chief Operations Officer for Positive Behavior Supports Corporation, an agency providing ABA therapy to individuals of all ages and abilities across 17 states and Canada. Tahra is also the founder of the Treasure Coast Autism Project, a private, non-profit school for students with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in grades kindergarten through high school. Tahra specializes in working with individuals in the transitioning years (teenager through adulthood) with a focus on the teaching of appropriate social sexual behaviors, independent functioning, and skills of daily living and is passionate about parent education and advocacy for the rights of individuals with special needs. Tahra has been published on the topics of Positive Behavior Support in Community Settings; Improving Transitions for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; and Sexuality Education to Individuals with Autism Disclosure: Tahra Cessna, BCBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Shane Spiker, BCBA-D
Shane received his MS of Psychology in 2012 from the University of Phoenix. In May 2019, he graduated with his PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration on instructional design from Walden University. He has been immersed in the field of ABA for 10 years, with the majority of his experience with adults with autism and other disabilities. Shane specializes in working with teens and adults with dangerous problem behavior, sexual behavior as well as medically complex individuals.Primarily, Shane serves as the Director of Training and Dissemination at PBS, Corp. Currently, Shane previously served as the Vice President of the Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice SIG through ABAI. He has written and published several articles related to behavior analysis and practice. Additionally, he serves as a co-instructor at Florida Institute of Technology and Arizona State University, where he teaches graduate-level coursework. Disclosure: Shane Spiker, BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Laura J. Albee, BCBA, MSW
Laura has an extensive background serving individuals challenged by social, emotional, and behavioral differences at a residential, community, and academic capacity. She currently serves as the Program Chair for the Post University Pathways Program: an 11-month concurrent postsecondary program that in partnership with EdAdvance delivers comprehensive transition services for learners of all exceptionalities between ages 17-22. Laura earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of Saint Joseph, a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Addictions and Co-occurring Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University, and is expected to earn her Doctor of Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University in May 2021. Laura has had several publications in Autism Spectrum News on topics pertaining to autism and sexuality and the impact of behavioral health in public education. She authored Teaching Individualized Sexuality Education to a Young Boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Least Restrictive Environment: A Case Study. In P. Whitby (Ed.), Cases on Teaching Sexuality Education to Individuals with Autism Additionally, she has authored several children’s books including Witch Tale: A Bewitching Brew of Homophones and Ambush at the Rickety Beehive. Laura resides with her husband and their menagerie of animals. Disclosure: Laura J. Albee, BCBA, MSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Karly Cordova, BCBA-D
Dr. Cordova received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Growth and Development, her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a minor in Autism. Dr. Cordova has worked in the field of ABA since 2001, consulting in schools, clinics, group homes, and private homes; and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2004. Dr. Cordova has presented at state and local conferences. Her focus in ABA is teaching functional life skills, conducting research in applied settings, disseminating ABA through effective and systematic supervision, and building capacity within organizations. Disclosure: Karly Cordova, BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Arin Donavan, BCBA
Arin Donovan (they/them) is a BCBA, co-owner of BH3, Inc., and doctoral student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Arin’s commitment to their values of authenticity and being an agent for social change has driven their behavior to promote gender diversity, affirmation, and inclusion through education, language development, and committed actions in the workplace and the world at large. Currently, Arin teaches Applied Behavior Analysis at Capella University. Disclosure: Arin Donavan, BCBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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