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Hurdles of Growing Up with Autism

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 18, 2018


Emile Mulder, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist will lead this series.  People with autism spectrum disorders often struggle with learning through intuition and observation. This is how many social norms are taught and it’s how a person with autism might find themselves making an embarrassing or awkward mistake. With issues of sex and sexuality, such mistakes can have serious consequences. As children with ASD become teenagers, it becomes increasingly important to educate them about sex and sexuality rather than letting them learn through trial and error.  This series is appropriate for teens 15 and older.  Series fee: $25 for the sessions participants will receive a series manual.  To have a flier emailed to you or to register for this event email contact@asws.org 

We will present five workshops at The Shoreline Center, each lasting one hour. Parents will come to the first and last workshop, while teens will attend the 2nd through last workshops.

March 14, 2018 – an introduction for parents
We will give an overview of topics presented in the series. Parents will be taught a simple way to categorize behaviors for discussion with teens. We will also discuss the ways that parents can become useful resources for their teens to seek advice regarding sex.

March 21, 2018 – an introduction for teens
All teens will meet and discuss the changes that go along with puberty. These include changes in bodies and hormones, but also changes in social expectations about behaviors and legal consequences for behaviors.

March 28, 2018 – Dating and Friendships
Teens will meet to discuss how to make friends, the importance of looking for hidden messages, and attending to others’ needs and desires. We treat building healthy friendships as a stepping stone to healthy romantic relationships. We will also discuss dealing with setbacks with friends and romance.

April 11, 2018 – Sex and consent: this session will be separated between males and females
Teens will meet to discuss sexual desires and needs, sexuality and sexual orientation, and the importance of consent. We will discuss the importance of saying no, when uncomfortable and accepting no from others.

April 18, 2018 – Joint session and wrap up
Parents and teens meet and discuss lessons learned in the course, goals and concerns. We will make plans for ongoing discussions.


March 14
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Autism Support of West Shore (ASWS)


The Shoreline Center
16930 Robbins Road, Suite 120
Grand Haven, MI 49417 United States
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(616) 935-7606