Materials on Sex Education and Relationship Skills Produced with the Autistic Service Users' Involvement

Jonna Oksanen

Autism Foundation in Finland

Jonna Oksanen, M.Soc.Sc., Specialist. Ms Oksanen is working as a Specialist for the Autism Foundation of Finland. Ms Oksanen worked as the Project Planner of the Alone & Together sex education project through the three years' period. During the project she facilitated several groups of adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. She's the author of the book "Sexual Health and Relationships skills, a Guide for the Adolescents and Adults on the Autism Spectrum". Oksanen has earlier worked e.g. on the fields of youth services, rehabilitation and development cooperation.

Hanna Ekman

Autism Foundation in Finland

This presenter did not provide a biography.

Pia-Maria Ala-Kihniä

Autism Foundation in Finland

Pia-Maria Ala-Kihniä, Master of Social Services. Ms Ala-Kihniä is working as as Specialist for Autismisäätiö, Autism Foundation of Finland. Ms Ala-Kihniä has more than 15 years of experience of working with people on the autism spectrum and has especially focused on communication, interaction and challenging behavior. As a development coordinator in the HAASTE-project (a project aiming at reducing and preventing challenging behavior), she participated and contributed in the development of Challenge-model for reducing and preventing challenging behavior.


The Autism Foundation in Finland (Autismisäätiö) was a base for a sex education project in which a book for ASD adolescents and adults was written. The people living with autism face a bit different set of problems when... [ view full abstract ]

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The three year project was funded by the Finnish Slot Machine Association that uses its' profits for promoting health and social welfare in Finland. The information that was given by the autistic persons involved in the... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jonna Oksanen (Autism Foundation in Finland)
  2. Hanna Ekman (Autism Foundation in Finland)
  3. Pia-Maria Ala-Kihniä (Autism Foundation in Finland)

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Topics: Practice


S14 » Symposia: Social skills, relationships and sex education (14:30 - Saturday, 17th September, Fintry Auditorium)