Class 1 Introduction, Vocabulary Overview, Autism History
Class 2 Sexuality and Autism Overview, LGBTQIA and Autism
Class 3 Autism and Sexuality Deep Dive: Vagal Nerve and Autism, Trauma and Autism, Fascia
Class 4 Autism and Sexuality Deep Dive: Sensory Processing Disorder, Autistic Burnout
Class 5 Overview of Prior Content, Suggested Questions, Closing Exercise

Class 1 Introduction, Vocabulary Overview, Autism History
The first class addresses the question what is autism and how did we get to where we currently are in our framing and definition of autism. This class provides an overview of history which includes a brief history of ABA and eugenics. This class will also deconstruct social skills - what does it mean to say someone is deficient in social skills and what are different ways of discussing and framing social skills? Participants will leave with a greater sense of how we got where we are in our cultural and medical understanding of autism as well as alternative ways to discuss social skills that don't fall back on ableist deficit-based behaviorist frameworks.

Class 2 Sexuality and Autism Overview, LGBTQIA and Autism

This class provides an introduction to human sexuality (definition, key vocabulary to know) as well as a discussion on the higher rates of LGBTQIA identity in autistic individuals. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of human sexuality.

Class 3 Autism and Sexuality Deep Dive: Vagal Nerve and Autism, Trauma and Autism, Fascia
The third class is a deep dive into the nervous system and its role in sexuality and socializing. This class includes an examination of the polyvagal theory, fascia, the immune system, and trauma. Auditory hyperacusis, PDA (pathological demand avoidance) and rejection sensitive dysphoria will also be covered as illustrative examples of how an understanding of the nervous system, vagus nerve, and trauma can help shift our perspective around challenging behavior. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the nervous system as well as how the nervous system and trauma impact and influence sexuality and ability to socialize.

Class 4 Autism and Sexuality Deep Dive: Sensory Processing Disorder, Autistic Burnout
The fourth class is a deep dive into the senses and burnout- specifically autistic burnout- and how both (individually and together) impact sexuality as well as socializing in general. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of our senses and autistic burnout and their role in sexuality and socializing.

Class 5 Overview of prior content, Suggested questions, Closing Exercise
The fifth class provides an overview of prior content, suggested questions for either intake or conversation, and a closing exercise. Participants will have ample time to ask questions regarding content from the first 4 classes. Participants will leave with a series of questions that can be used for personal reflection, intake forms, and conversations with clients.

Who is this class for?
This class series is primarily for therapists but it is open to anyone (i.e. parents, educators, other professionals who work with autistic individuals etc.) who is interested in learning about autism, human sexuality, and the intersection of the two subjects. The series will include 5 classes as a set and an extensive resource list. Instead of piecemeal resource gathering, individuals can get a wide range of information in one place with guidance. This class series will be more focused on the “why” of behavior rather than behavior management/description. Course content can be adjusted based on participants prior knowledge and training. This class series is limited to 10 people. There is an option to do the class series one-on-one. The classes will be live and not prerecorded. If interested please contact axjmd2@gmail.com to set up a screening call (video or phone).

Payment
The class series is $1000. Payment plans can be arranged by contacting axjmd2@gmail.com for more information.

Duration
Each class is 2 hours. This includes ~75-90 minutes of instruction with time for ~20-30 minutes of questions.