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.
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.