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Developing a Sexuality Curriculum for Special Needs

Developing a Sexuality Curriculum

for Special Needs

Oakland University’s School of Education & Human Services is pleased to announce the Developing a Sexuality Curriculum for Special Needs workshop to be held at Oakland University in Rochester, MI.

The human body experiences biological, social and emotional changes regardless of disability or ability. Sexual awareness is normal. Sexual feelings are normal. But talking about sex, teaching about sex and making informed decisions about sex are difficult topics for parents and educators to address.

Many individuals, including educators, are unaware which behaviors are considered illegal and may result in the individual becoming part of the criminal justice system. People with intellectual, cognitive or developmental disabilities get involved as both victims and as offenders more often than individuals without disabilities. Addressing behaviors that are considered illegal is an important component in developing a sexuality curriculum. Please join us for this one-day workshop which is designed for educators and service providers who want to improve the quality of life for individuals with special needs.
Chaturi Edrisinha HeadshotChaturi Edrisinha is a board certified behavior analyst. She received her Ph.D. in autism and developmental disabilities from The University of Texas at Austin. She is an associate professor in Human Development and Child Studies and Director of Research for the Oakland University Center for Autism.

An overarching agenda in Dr. Edrisinha’s research and clinical work is to increase the quality of life for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental disabilities by developing instructional and support strategies in order to foster independence and inclusion. She has been successful in obtaining multiple research grants totaling more than $100,000. Dr. Edrisinha has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Research in Developmental Disabilities and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, as well as conference papers and book chapters, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. In 2013, Dr. Edrisinha received the Miller Scholar Award for excellence and leadership in teaching and learning.
Session Topics

During this workshop, participants will explore:

  • How does the development of individuals with disabilities compare to that of typically-developing individuals? 
  • How do we teach about the changing body to individuals who may have different support needs? 
  • How can issues regarding sexuality be embedded into the school curriculum for students with special needs? 
  • How do we teach consent? 
  • How do we prepare individuals for an annual health exams?
  • How do we address behaviors that are illegal and may result in the individual becoming part of the criminal justice system? 
How to Register
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  • Workshop Registration Fee (Early Bird Pricing): $89
  • SCECHs Fee: Additional $10
  • Parking is free on Oakland Universitys Main Campus.
  • Lunch will be provided to all participants.