The Penn Autism Network, in conjunction with the PA Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Autism Services, will hold a workshop on learning appropriate sexual behaviors for adolescents, young adults, and older adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  Participants will explore how intensive sex education can help individuals with ASD replace problem sexual behaviors with new behaviors that enhance social adaptation.


University of Pennsylvania
Houston Hall
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

9 a.m.

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Sexual Development and ASD

10:45 a.m. – Noon
Factors that Influence Problem Behaviors
Sex Education Strategies

1 – 2:15 p.m.
Sexuality Program at Australia’s Hearts & Minds Clinic

3 – 4:15 p.m.
Case Illustrations
Q & A


Isabelle Henault, PhD, a psychologist from the University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada.  Dr. Henault’s practice and studies have focused on providing diagnosis, education, and support to children, adolescents, adults, and couples living with Asperger Syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders.  She is currently based in Australia and works with Dr. Tony Attwood, a world-renowned autism expert, at his Hearts and Minds Clinic.


About the Penn Autism Network
As a part of Penn’s Department of Psychiatry, the Penn Autism Network (PAN) was created in 2005 with a goal of promoting successful transitions to adulthood and improving quality of life for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  As the outreach and education initiative of the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Learning Disorders Program (SLDP), PAN is a collaborative group of family members, individuals with ASD, and the professionals who work with them. PAN members meet quarterly to discuss goals and visions for expansion of the network.

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