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Dr. Laurie Sperry

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is pleased to announce a two-day virtual workshop series exploring two topics: Internet Safety and Sexuality geared to adults with special needs and their families.

The two workshops will take place virtually on Zoom Wednesday, Oct. 12 and Thursday, Oct. 13 at noon, presented by Dr. Laurie Sperry, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and an assistant clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine.

See below for details and links to register.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, Noon – 1 p.m.

Autism and Internet Safety: Sabotage, Safety and Strategies – Do you worry about your young adults navigating the Internet? Has your son or daughter purchased items or befriended total strangers while surfing the web?

You are not alone. Studies show that adults with disabilities face significant challenges surfing the web, sometimes with dangerous personal, financial   and legal consequences.

Join us for a virtual workshop with internationally renowned autism expert Dr. Laurie Sperry on how to safely navigate the Internet and avoid pitfalls.

Register here

Thursday, Oct. 13, noon to 1 p.m.

Love, Friendship and Sexuality:  How to help adults navigate the world of relationship building

In recognition of  the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities statement on the rights of people with Intellectual/developmental disabilities:

Every person has the right to exercise choices regarding sexual expression and social relationships. The presence of IDD, regardless of severity, does not, in itself, justify loss of rights related to sexuality.

All people have the right within interpersonal relationships to:

  • Develop friendships and emotional and sexual relationships where they can love and be loved, and begin and end a relationship as they choose;
  • Dignity and respect; and
  • Privacy, confidentiality, and freedom of association

This workshop will explore how to have conversations with your adult son or daughter on their rights, consent, recognize social and legal boundaries, how to stay safe and identify warning signs in friendships and relationships

Register here

About Dr. Laurie Sperry:

Dr. Sperry is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and former assistant clinical faculty  at the Yale  and Stanford Departments of Psychiatry. Dr. Sperry’s research and clinical work focuses on people with autism spectrum disorders who come in contact with the criminal justice system to ensure their humane treatment within the system. She has served as a Special Interest Group Chairwoman at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) providing mentoring and leadership in the field of criminality and ASD. She has provided training to secure forensic psychiatric facility staff in England and presented at the International Conference for Offenders with Disabilities.