Basic Awareness Autism and HSB

One day Basic Awareness Course on Autism and Harmful Sexual Behaviours
Target audience This course is open to practitioners from all agencies and has been created to develop a professional understanding of adolescents on the autistic spectrum who are displaying harmful sexual behaviours. This will benefit those who need to have an understanding of the subject, even if they are not involved in assessments or direct work, as well as those who undertake complex HSB assessments.  
Course Aim This one-day course aims to develop practice knowledge and confidence in understanding adolescents on the autistic spectrum who are displaying concerning problematic or harmful sexual behaviours. It provides information from research and practice on the main schools of thought about autism and its impact on development, including sexual development and the similarities and differences between autistic adolescents and neuro-typical adolescents when there are concerns about their sexual behaviour. It provides guidance on the factors to consider when trying to understand the sexual behaviour of an adolescent on the autistic spectrum and an introduction to some of the interventions that are helpful with adolescents and their parents. 
Learning Outcomes By the end of the course participants will:(i) Have an understanding of autism and its impact on development including sexual development.  (ii) Have an understanding from the research and practice base about the similarities and differences between autistic adolescents and neuro-typical adolescents when there are concerns about their sexual behaviours(iii) Have an understanding of relevant information to gather to develop a balanced perspective on the adolescent’s behaviouriv) Have an understanding of some of the interventions that are helpful with autistic adolescents and their parents.