Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference, 15th Annual
Several characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) interfere with a person’s capacity to develop meaningful adult social communication and interaction, which are necessary for developing sexual, intimate relationships. Foremost is the difficulty with social judgment, i.e. missing nonverbal communication, poor eye contact, theory of mind problems, and flexibility in response. Lack of experience in peer relationships prevents the development of the common pathway through which adolescents learn about sexuality. Alexis Batting, Mental Health Counselor at the University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, will explore issues in sexuality for teens and adults with ASD, and provide information about available resources. She will also discuss social deficits, and how they can impact the mental health of individuals with ASD.
Pediatricians, Neurologists, Family Practice Physicians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Hospitalists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, and any other interested healthcare professionals.
- Identify issues of sexuality specific to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.
- Implement best practices and provide resources and strategies related to teaching sexuality education across the autism spectrum.
- Assess how social deficits impact the mental health of individuals with ASD, and identify effective intervention approaches to improve their well-being.
Alexis C Bitting, M.S.
Mental Health Counselor, Registered Intern
Case Manager, University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
Ms. Alexis Bitting indicated that neither she nor her spouse/partner have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and she will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in her presentation(s) or discussions.
Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
- 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 2.00 Florida Board of Laboratory Personnel
- 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
- 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
- 2.00 Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
- 2.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
- 2.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
- 2.00 General certificate of attendance