Teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in a formal environment to understand their sexuality is generally ignored, until it becomes a problem. Like any other subject, addressing sexuality with instructional focus requires starting early, preparing the students before puberty begins and teaching facts and appropriate behaviors. This course will debunk the myths and facts surrounding sexuality within this specific population while demonstrating how to break down barriers and build a comprehensive sexuality education program for students from elementary through adulthood. Strategies will be taught on enabling each individual to be safe from exploitation and abuse, more independent and more integrated into their own communities resulting in a more positive quality of life will be provided.
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- Description, images and research-based review of healthy sexuality and developmental disability
- Dispelling myths
- Evidence-based Research review steps to teaching sexuality.
- Cited challenges to teaching sexual safety and self-care
- Review of challenges for teaching sexual public and private behavior
- Cited challenges in relationship development relating to sexuality awareness and social boundaries
- Abuse prevention and unwritten social rules education to facilitate healthy sexual relationships.
- Treatment and educational program development and obstacles
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional to effectively address issues of basic sexuality awareness and safety in therapy and educational program settings.
- Identify the meaning of healthy sexuality.
- List professional responsibilities for teaching healthy sexuality.
- List 3 goals and 3 attitudes associated with sexuality education.
- Identify the basic elements for discussing sexuality.
- Identify 4 facts and 4 myths about sexuality and development disability.
- List 3 reasons professionals avoid sexuality education.
- Identify the statistics for gender expression and physical attraction for DD individuals.
- Identify the 5 basic skill areas that need to be taught for sexuality education.
- Recognize why hygiene is the most important basic sexuality health and safety skill.
- List the 3 P’s of Sexuality Social Skills
- List 3 ways ID/DD individuals learn about sexual relationships.
- Identify 4 facts to teach regarding sexuality and relationships.
- Identify 4 hidden rules regarding personal and private space.
- Recognize abuse prevention training techniques.
- Identify the steps for teaching safe dating.
- List 4 challenges in establishing formal sexuality education.
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Contact Hours: 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant
Instructional Level: Beginner
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
Financial – Melanie Johnson is employed by BRITE Success and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service
Cancellation Policy: For activity cancellation, returns, or complaint resolution, please contact Anne Osborn by email Anne@HomeCEU or by phone at 1.800.55.4CEUS (2387). We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Refunds will be issued for courses that have not been completed (exam not taken), or for any course that has been rejected by your board of approval. Webinar attendance must be canceled 24 hours before the scheduled start time.