Coping With Autism & Problematic Sexual Behavior

At The Love Ed Movement, we believe in support and interventions for teens and millennials who have problematic sexual behaviour and some of the time, these young adults are on the autism spectrum.

More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined. Boys are four times more likely to have autism compared to girls with an estimated 1 out of 42 boys being autistic. Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. with approximately 100 individuals being diagnosed every day in the United States. Read more about these statistics.

For this week, we wanted to introduce you to Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of people with autism and their families. They do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Adolescents with autism spectrum disorders may exhibit many challenging behaviors during puberty because not only do they experience hormonal changes and sexual curiosity during this time, but they also are experiencing communication, socialization, and behavior difficulties. 

Some inappropriate sexual behaviors may include touching themselves, touching others, masturbation in public, and disrobing at inappropriate times. Parents should seek treatment from a qualified professional in order to address their concerns and to develop an individualized treatment plan to reduce their child’s inappropriate behaviors.

To get the latest on research, programs, services, walks and special events in your area visit AutismSpeaks.