This course explores:
- A range of topics including but not limited to culture, religion, emerging sexuality for neurodivergent social learners (especially those on the autism spectrum)
- Many practical strategies and teaching tips developed with and alongside neurodivergent clients to meet their own social and relationship goals
- Address “hot” topics that may be uncomfortable for interventionists to teach but are critical for social learners to know (e.g., pornography and the law, the role of school and non-school staff)
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Flirting, Dating & Maintaining Relationships: How Do You Teach This?
Replay access through March 31, 2023
Who should attend
Individuals with social emotional learning differences and/or challenges report ongoing struggles with insight into social-sexual relationships and find the social communication involved in flirting and dating overwhelming—yet this topic is uncomfortable for many adult interventionists (parents and professionals) who also lack knowledge about how to inform individuals in a non-judgmental and helpful manner. In this course, we will address a range of topics including but not limited to culture, religion, emerging sexuality for neurodivergent social learners (especially those on the autism spectrum), pornography and the law, and how to teach different types of lessons for individuals with different social learning styles. We will provide many practical strategies and teaching tips developed with and alongside neurodivergent clients and family members. Attendees will receive a significant handout packet to encourage lesson development to help individuals meet their own social goals.
Other topics included in this course:
- The blurred lines on topics such as gender fluidity, and the trifecta of challenges: religion, culture, and biology
- Ideas for helping to develop stronger social awareness of others’ intentions to stay safe
- Demonstration of how to use frameworks to explicitly teach about the concepts of flirting and dating (Relationship Pyramid)
- Ideas for teaching about rejection self-management
- Issues related to hygiene, eating in public, and other related social behaviors that may encourage or discourage the potential development relationships
Who Should Attend
The Social Thinking Methodology is used by a wide variety of professionals; including speech-language pathologists, special and general education teachers, social workers, counselors, clinical and school psychologists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists, and school administrators to name a few. It’s also used by family members and caregivers across settings.
Learning Objectives and Agenda
Participants will be able to:
- Discuss the role of educational environments and staff in teaching social-sexual information
- Describe how to use the teaching framework, Four Steps of Flirting, to teach individuals more deeply about social communication in building relationships
- Explain how emotion scales can be used to problem solve the emotional side of social-sexual relationships
- Describe how the six levels of the Relationship Pyramid guide teaching toward forming healthier social-sexual relationships
- Explain the impact of technology, hygiene, and anxiety on building relationships
2 hours - Culture, the Law, and Direct Teaching Tips
1 hour and 30 minute - Practical Strategies to Teach about Flirting and Dating
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