At The Prevention Project.™ we offer accurate preventive-interventions for individuals who have neurodevelopmental disorders (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorder) and neurocognitive disorders (i.e, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Parkinson Disease). We individualize each person’s care depending on their specific emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical needs to ensure that they are provided with the most accurate interventions possible. When necessary, we collaborate with a medical and neuropsychological team.
Again, one size does not (and should not) fit all.
Individuals with Autism Spectrum (Traits or Disorder)
We have found that many individuals who enter the criminal justice system with non-contact problematic sexual behavior (i.e., on-line solicitation of a minor, viewing child pornography, some sexual harassment cases) have various special needs including traits of high-functioning Autism (hfASD) or Asperger’s Syndrome.
For these individuals, the topics of sexuality and intimate relationships can pose several challenges especially since many individuals with hfASD or AS don’t understand the necessary social cues surrounding sexuality. These challenges are often magnified when sexual behavior problems, such as a fixation on pornography or masturbation, occur. In response to the influx of this population needing accurate interventions for non-contact problematic sexual behavior, The Prevention Project™ provides a weekly life skills group that teaches habituation. Unlike sex offender treatment that teaches tools for rehabilitation, individuals with hfASD or Asperger’s Syndrome need tools for actual habituation since they have never learned social skills or the appropriate social cues in certain situations. Therefore, this group teaches the necessary habituation skills using concrete instructions, explicit delivery of concepts, and visual and active engagement in a safe, supportive environment.
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Parkinson’s Disease (and other neurocognitive deficits)
We understand that individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease may have memory deficits including early onset dementia. They may experience higher levels of stress, depression and anxiety as a result of their symptomatology. Along with this, they may experience sexual (or other) behavior that is problematic and/or have committed a sex crime as a result of having impulse control disorder (which sadly, is a side effect to the main medications for Parkinson’s Disease). At The Prevention Project.™ we design a program that entails a multi-disciplinary clinical and medical team to ensure that the individual has their medical and mental health needs met. This often entails a Geriatric Psychiatrist, a Nutritionist, a Medical Social Worker, Home Health Care, A Neurologist, as well as the clinical team at The Prevention Project.™ Regular contact with the team is essential for ensuring that the individual’s needs are adequately being met while addressing, as best as possible, their problematic sexual behavior. We are aware that individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) who have problematic sexual behavior also have various medical and mental health needs. Therefore, similar to individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, our team is sensitive to the mental and medical health needs to best ensure that individuals are able to fully benefit from our specialized program.