SpecSpeak Episode 8 Leslie Sickels 800

Gender, Sexuality, and Autism, with Leslie A. Sickels, LCSW | Spectrumly Speaking ep. 8

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In this episode, hosts Lauren Gerber Ms. Ed., PSY. D. and Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS speak with Leslie A. Sickels, LCSW. Leslie is a licensed clinical social worker based in midtown Manhattan, and has received extensive trainings and certifications in CBT, DBT and trauma-informed practices. Her areas of expertise include autism spectrum disorder (ASD), anxiety, depression and trauma. Much of her work focuses on gender and sexuality as they relate to the unique concerns of individuals with ASD. Decca, Dr. Gerber, and Leslie discuss the importance of educating people on the spectrum about sex and relationships, the common misnomers society has about autism and relationships, and gender identity issue within the ASD community.

For more information about Leslie A. Sickels, LCSW, visit: spectrumservicesnyc.com

Mentioned in this episode-


Sex and other foreign words

Book Recommendations from Leslie:

The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband by David Finch

Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) by Eva A. Mendes

Thriving in Adulthood with Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Adults and Those Who Love Them by Craig Kendall

Alone Together: Making an Asperger Marriage Work by Katrin Bentley

Be Different: My Adventures with Asperger’s and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers by John Elder Robison

.For more about Dr. Gerber, check out her website, drlaurengerber.com.

For more about Becca, check out her website, beccalory.com, and look for her on Facebook

Have a question or story for us? E-mail us at SpectrumlySpeaking@gmail.com


Spectrumly Speaking is the podcast dedicated to women on the autism spectrum, produced by Different Brains®. Every other week, join our hosts Haley Moss (an autism self-advocate, attorney, artist, and author) and Dr. Lori Butts (a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist, and licensed attorney) as they discuss topics and news stories, share personal stories, and interview some of the most fascinating voices from the autism community.