Autism, PDD-NOS & Asperger's fact sheets | Sexual relationships
In , I had sex for the first time, a moment 22 years in the making. Do you hear that? There were no headlines the next morning, much to my surprise. Ticker Tape Parade to Follow. And, as for neurotypical women, these sexual experiences can be great — but they can also be painful. In my case, my experience ended in pain and disappointment. A month before that winter night, I had told this man I loved him.
Autistic adults have, in general, differences in sexuality from the norm. Many more are asexual than in the average population. It is believed that there is a slightly higher pecentage of gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgendered autistics than in the average population.
Read on for six top tips on how to approach the subject of sex and relationships with young autistic people. Sexuality can be a very positive experience and the majority of autistic people have sexual feelings, needs and behaviour. Hatton and Tector interviewed young autistic people at school, many of whom said they would have benefited from being taught more about how relationships work when they were younger. Providing helpful education at the right time is crucial for making sure autistic people are prepared for this aspect of adult life.