March 1, 2023 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (virtual training)
With up to 80% of individuals with disabilities reportedly becoming the victims of sexual/physical abuse or crimes by the time they reach adulthood, the topics of hygiene, puberty, and sexual development are imperative to safety. Unfortunately, these topics are often overlooked. Strategies for teaching hygiene, puberty, and sexual development with an emphasis on safety will be discussed.
*Learners will be able to articulate the importance of hygiene related to socialization and strategies to help teach and maintain good hygiene and related behaviors in their students with disabilities.
*Learners will be able to articulate the challenges that their students with disabilities may face in puberty as compared to typically-developing students.
*Learners will be able to articulate the significance of sexual development in their students with disabilities as well as strategies for teaching sexual development to these students.
*Learners will be able to articulate the importance of teaching hygiene, puberty, and sexual development as it relates to personal safety. They will be able to implement strategies to maintain the personal safety of their students.
*Learners will be able to identify strategies for working with parents of their students with disabilities that promote the best interest of the student through open conversations and collaboration.
Six OPI renewal units will be available for this training. The training will not be recorded.
About the Presenter: Natalie T. Montfort, PhD - Natalie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and her Master of Arts Degree and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. She has worked with children and young adults with ASD since 2002 and has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (with children, adolescents, and adults), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relationship Development Intervention, Social Thinking, behavior modification (including Applied Behavior Analysis), and educational assessment.