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AUCD: Poster Symposium: Health, Wellness, Recreation & Related Issues: Parental Sexual Health Attitudes and Sexual Health Self-Efficacy Beliefs to Be Sex Educators for Their Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


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Tara Lutz, PhD, MPH, CHES,
A. J. Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

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Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) communicate with their child about sex less frequently and about fewer topics compared to parents of typically-developing children. Studies indicate that children with ASD are interested in and engage in sexual behaviors at similar rates as their typically-developing peers, but are less likely to receive sex education. Parents of children in grades 6-12 were recruited to complete an anonymous online survey.

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