2019-2020 National Online Training Series: 10 Lessons - What People With Autism Have to Teach the Rest of Us About Sexuality and Gender

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Presentation title: What People With Autism Have to Teach the Rest of Us About Sexuality and Gender

Presenter: Dan Shapiro, MD, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Consultant, and Aaron Shapiro, MD, MPH

Description: In this presentation, we will describe the spectrum of sexual and gender differences. We will explore the apparent link between autistic and socio-sexual variation. The discussion will include specific strategies for supporting neurodiversity, sexual diversity, and gender diversity for individuals and in society at large.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the difference between biological (assigned) sex, gender identity, gender expression, gender as a cultural construct, and sexuality.

  • Describe how autism can affect sexual development and intimacy, including potential problems and fulfillments.

  • Describe how autism and gender variation co-occur; including possible contributing factors.

  • Become knowledgeable about how to support gender non-conforming individuals with autism.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Dan Shapiro attended the George Washington University School of Medicine and did his pediatric residency training at Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Shapiro practiced primary-care pediatric and adolescent medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland, before shifting his focus to developmental and behavioral pediatrics. He developed the Parent Child Journey program and offers behavior-management training groups throughout Greater Washington. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Shapiro is married, with four children and two grandchildren. He is the author of Parent Child Journey: An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child and Parent Child Excursions: Autism, Anxiety and ADHD.