Puberty is a challenging time for all youth, but can present unique challenges for youth with disabilities. This session shared instructional strategies for teaching the social skills, self-awareness, and safety skills necessary to provide appropriate sexuality education. Providing sexuality education for all students is essential, however is often not provided to students with autism, developmental and intellectual disabilities. Multiple barriers exist which often prevent individuals with disabilities from receiving adequate, if any, instruction regarding sexual development. Practitioners watching this recorded session will enhance their understanding of what barriers are preventing access to sexuality education for their students. Viewers learned what sexuality education content is important to teach, and how to teach such content. Examples of easy to use, accessible curricula and materials were shared.
Identify barriers to providing sexuality education and how to overcome these barriers
Identify important components of sexuality education
Learn developmentally and age appropriate strategies for teaching sexuality education
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Ruth Eyres works as a special education consultant with the Easter Seals Outreach Program. Her teaching experience is with students with multiple disabilities specializing in behavioral challenges and instructional programming. Ruth currently serves as the President of the Arkansas Subdivision on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (AR-DADD). Ms. Eyres received her B.S.E. from Hendrix College and her M.S.E. in special education from the University of Central Arkansas. She received her National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist in 2002 (and renewed in 2011). She has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Arkansas is currently working toward an EdD from the University of Memphis.
STAR Autism Support (SAS) provides curriculum materials, workshops and training to school and agency staff who work with students with autism. Our mission is to help others successfully implement research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. We want every child with autism to receive effective instruction!
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