Sunday, May 20, 2018

Durham Autism Society Meeting and Speaker--Autism, Puberty, and Sexuality on Tuesday May 22

Autism Society of NC, Durham County
Autism, Puberty & Sexuality
May 2018 Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 6:30-8:00 pm
Watts Street Baptist Church
800 Watts Street, Durham, NC

Louise Buchholz Southern, MEd, BCBA, Associate Director of ASNC Clinical Services and Alexander (Aleck) Myers, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Director of ASNC Clinical Services, are going to present on the topic of ASD and Puberty.

Goals for their Presentation:
  • Briefly review core features of ASD that inform how we address puberty and broader sexuality education
  • Identify key areas of focus within this topic and provide examples of ways to break down these areas into teachable segments
  • Identify best practices and resources for teaching skills and concepts related to sexuality

Please join us! Also, bring your questions to the last meeting of the chapter before the summer break. 

To get on the ASNC-Durham County email list go to and contact the group moderator.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Free SPARK Webinar on Physical Activity and Autism - May 23, from 12 to 1 PM

SPARK focuses on Autism research and invites families to participate through research and are currently recruiting 50,000 families for a national genetic study of autism.  Whether or not you are interested in participating, there are opportunities to learn and share experiences.  Check out the upcoming webinar, past webinars, and other resources available to families. Sign up for their newsletter at the website,


The Importance of Motor Function and Physical Activity in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Our next webinar is on Wednesday, May 23, from 12 to 1 PM EDT. The webinar will cover the following topics:

An overview of what we know about motor function and impairments in individuals with autism

The importance of physical interventions in autism

Existing physical activity programs like ACEing Autism for individuals with autism
Our speakers for this webinar are Rujuta Bhatt Wilson, M.D., and Shafali Spurling Jeste, M.D. Both of them specialize in behavioral child neurology with a specific focus on autism, and they work at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
Register below to join the conversation.
To catch up on past webinars, please click below.

More resources about autism and physical activity

Read more on our website about some of the challenges of physical fitness for individuals with autism.

Learn about ACEing Autism, a national tennis program for individuals with autism.

Take a look at research into the relationship between genetics and motor function in autism.

Survey on Sports and Physical Activities

Our webinar speakers are collecting feedback on the kinds of programs individuals with autism participate in across the country. Please consider completing our two-minute survey.

SPARK Updates:

Have you completed the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) on your SPARK dashboard? Reports are now becoming available for download based on your answers to this survey. Log in to your SPARK account and check under “My Documents” to download your report. These reports are being rolled out over time, so if you haven’t received your report yet, it will be coming soon.
If you haven’t completed the SCQ yet, please log in today to do so.