Autism Services, Inc. (ASI) and the Autism Society WNY Chapter are pleased to present “ASD: Emerging Sexuality & Safety Across the Lifespan” at Banchetti by Rizzo on April 6th. The presenter is Dr. Lori Jeanne Peloquin. For over 30 years, Dr. Peloquin has treated individuals with developmental and learning disorders and their families, focusing on children, teens and young adults with Anxiety, Regulatory, Sensory Processing, Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She holds joint community faculty appointments in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She has been on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders since its inception and was one of the first to receive a DIR/Floortime Model Certificate from them. Her writings include articles in the Autism-Asperger’s Digest on the DIR/Floortime Model.

This evidence-based workshop is directed towards professionals and parents of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It will provide an understanding of emerging sexuality in individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities across the lifespan, including the importance of addressing these issues long before puberty and adolescence. Dr. Peloquin will provide insight into the emotional and physical aspects of sexuality and relationships for individuals with ASD as well as important considerations for their parents and professionals who support them. Specific topics will include parent and staff concerns such as inappropriate public display, aggressive pursuit of person of interest, and possible abuse. She will address the rights of individuals to be sexual beings, gender and sexual identity issues, legal and ethical concerns, and specific challenges based on individual differences. Specific safety issues such as internet dangers, pornography, and dealing with law enforcement will also be highlighted. This conference is geared for both professionals and parents.

For more information about Autism Services, Inc. or Dr. Peloquin’s workshop, please visit www.autism-services-inc.org or call ASI at 716.631.5777.

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