Let’s talk autism and puberty! *cringes* Yup... it’s that time in a mother’s life where she either tears up in joy, or tears up in fear!! I haven’t decided which one yet, but I’m very excited to be attending this workshop today as a volunteer for Vancouver Walk Now for Autism Speaks Walk Committee.
Special thanks to Anya Walsh, British Columbia’s Events Manager for Autism Speaks Canada, for the invite.
Thanks for reading,
This workshop is designed to give parents, caregivers, and professionals a foundation for teaching individuals with ASD and/or other special needs about sexuality. It will include information about the sexual development of children and the information they understand at various stages of their development.
The information is geared to moderate to high functioning individuals who are able to communicate through words and pictures including line drawings, magazine pictures and photographs. Joy Becker is a registered nurse, an experienced health educator and the mother of two sons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her dynamic presentations have encouraged very positive responses to this sensitive topic from Autism Community Training (ACT) audiences!
Workshop objectives are to:
- enhance basic knowledge by presenting factual information on human sexuality and related subjects with special emphasis on how the knowledge may be applied to individuals with ASD and other special needs
- be involved in the process of self-evaluation with regard to attitudes and feelings about sexuality in general and the sexuality of people with ASD. This is to build comfort in relating to colleagues, students, clients, and children realistically.
- stimulate thinking, share problems and suggest solutions that will prepare a base for your endeavours in sex education and counselling.
- provide an opportunity to develop skills in teaching and communicating with others about sexuality.
- provide information and resource materials with an evaluation of their authenticity and value.
About the Presenter:
Joy Becker is a nurse educator who draws on many years of experience in educating teenagers with special needs. She emphasizes the importance of parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children. In addition to speaking to numerous parent groups, she has delivered courses and workshops to students, teachers, social workers, nurses, and special needs individuals of various ages. Ms. Becker has two teenage sons on the autism spectrum and lives in Nanaimo.
For more information or to see upcoming events and workshops, please visit the ACT Community.