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Sexuality Training

Sexuality Issues as they Relate
to Adults with Autism
and Intellectual Disabilities

Facilitating Relationships and Sexuality in a Proactive and Inclusive Manner

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Sexuality Issues as they Relate to Adults with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities: Facilitating Relationships and Sexuality in a Proactive and Inclusive Manner

This training will cover the role that sexuality plays in the lives of all persons, including those with disabilities. The tendency that our society has on making this topic taboo for persons with autism and special needs will be detailed. An assessment and intervention program for teaching core relationship skills as well as treatment guidelines for the appropriate and safe use of social media will be covered in the context of addressing the myriad of issues that sexuality encompasses.

Presented by
John M. Guercio, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CBIST, LBA


Participants will select between the different biases that are typically encountered when advocating for sexual expression in adults with autism and ID.

Participants will identify the role that a comprehensive evaluation and assessment tool can have for the facilitation of appropriate sexual relationships in adults with autism and ID.

Participants will match the specific elements that are required in order for appropriate sexual expression and sexual behavior to be facilitated by clinicians working with clients that wish to engage in sexual behavior.


Dr. John M. Guercio, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CBIST, LBA,

Dr. Guercio has spent much of his career researching effective staff training protocols and behavior intervention strategies for staff and clients in settings where severe aggression is present. Since obtaining his master’s and doctoral degrees in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Dr. Guercio has worked in settings serving as Director of Behavioral Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and as Vice President of Clinical Services and Research at the Judevine Center for Autism/TouchPoint Autism Services in St. Louis. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the behavior analysis department at Washington University and St. Louis University. He has also given more than 500 presentations at behavioral conferences and authored and/or co-authored over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals as well as written several book chapters related to the treatment of intensive behavioral issues. He has authored or co-authored 2 books; Assessment of Adult Core Competencies: Teaching Skills to Adults with Autism and Severe Behavioral Challenges; and Behavioral Relaxation Training Clinical Applications with Diverse Populations. Dr. Guercio serves on the Board of Editors of Behavior Analysis Research and Practice and a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. In his career, Dr. Guercio has helped design and run a program for individuals with sexually deviant behavior and substance abuse issues and has developed an entire treatment protocol based upon that program.  In his current role at Benchmark Human Services, Dr. Guercio serves as the Clinical Director. He develops and delivers behavioral services for clients with significant aggression and high-risk behavioral needs, many of whom have been institutionalized for more than 15 years, often under restraints and heavy medication. Through Dr. Guercio’s leadership, many clients’ medication dosages have decreased and, they have developed positive compensatory behaviors and are being integrated into the community. Dr. Guercio currently serves on the ABAI Licensing Committee and is a board member of the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis.


Gougeon, N. A. (2010). Sexuality and autism: a critical review of selected literature using a social-relational model of disability. American Journal of Sexuality Education5(4), 328-361.

Schöttle, D., Briken, P., Tüscher, O., & Turner, D. (2017). Sexuality in autism: hypersexual and paraphilic behavior in women and men with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience19(4), 381.

Guercio, J.M. (2020). Assessment of adult core competencies: Teaching skills to adults with autism and severe behavioral challenges. Hedgehog Publishers.