The Importance of Sexuality and Sex Education for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

By Janani Vaidya, M. S., BCBA Garden Center Services   It is a truth universally acknowledged that sexuality among individuals with developmental disabilities is a minimally-researched topic (Travers & Tincani, 2010). There is a common misconception that individuals with a developmental and/or an intellectual disability are asexual or childlike, not necessarily by choice, but by […]

Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice SIG: Current Events

Summer 2016 marks the ninth consecutive year of the Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice SIG’s (formerly STEP SIG) involvement with the Association for Behavior Analysis, International. We are a group devoted to researching sexual behavior, as well as promoting empirically verified sex education and sex therapy practices, areas that have traditionally been underaddressed in behavior […]

Instructional Design: An Age-Appropriate Discussion on Gender for Typically Developing Children Between the Ages of 13-15

  By: Grace Cascone The Chicago School of Professional Psychology   In discussing gender, the majority of modern society (e.g., media, education, medical science) thinks of gender as binary (Kilman, 2013). There are two extremes, either male or female, and everything in between is seen as not “standard,” and is not often discussed or addressed. […]

Can A Switch in Leadership Influence a Switch in BDSM Roles?

  By: Stephanie Codd The Chicago School of Professional Psychology   BDSM is a three term acronym: Bondage and Discipline (B &D), domination/submissive, and sadomasochism (S&M) (Weiss, 2006).  At the most basic level, individuals who participate in the BDSM community take a dominant or submissive role.  (Moser & Kleinplatz, 2007, p 36). There are many […]

Teaching Nonverbal Consent Through Fluency Training

  By: Scott LaPorta, M.S. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology   According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), every 107s, another American is sexually assaulted. RAINN states that of 44% of victims sexually assaulted are under the age of 18, and 80% are under the age of 30. So why is […]

Making Our Schools More Gender Inclusive and Affirming

By: Fawna Stockwell, PhD, BCBA-D and Jennifer Klapatch, PhD, BCBA-D The Chicago School of Professional Psychology   Both the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Guidelines and Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Ethical Code specify that practitioners should not engage in unfair discrimination against individuals based on their gender during work-related activities (APA 3.01; BACB 1.05 […]

Teaching Client Rights Regarding Sexuality

  By: Lauren Kante The Chicago School of Professional Psychology   “Adults with developmental disorders are consequently impeded by societal barriers from developing typical romantic and sexual relationships and are discouraged from expressing themselves sexually” (Saxe & Flanagan, 2014, pg. 46). Ignorance and fear by others has prevented individuals with disabilities to fully be members […]