Sunday, February 27, 2011
- NEVER drop the head.
- Decide why the RealCare® Baby is crying...Does it need a diaper change? To be fed? Burped? Or just held and rocked?
- Begin care within a minute or so or the RealCare® Baby starts to cry louder.... and louder.
- Hold The RealCare® Baby during feeding as the simulator can tell if the bottle is propped.
- “Family Planning: The bill entirely eliminates funding for the title X Family Planning program, which received $317 million in FY 2010. This program helps support family planning and reproductive health services to more than 5 million people annually at 4,500 community-based clinics. Grantees include state and local health departments, hospitals, community health centers, and private nonprofit organizations. Services provided include the full range of contraceptive services, as well as screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, cancer and HIV screenings, education, and other preventive services” (Doyle, 2011).
- “Teen Pregnancy Prevention: The bill also eliminates funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program (which received appropriations of $110 million in FY 2010). This program makes competitive grants to public agencies and private nonprofit organizations to support evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention efforts” (Doyle, 2011).
Sunday, February 20, 2011
- Parents have feelings, too! Discussion and education around what parent’s think and feel about sex and sexuality is a very important element. If you dismiss their anxieties, questions, and concerns, you put parents on the defense. This only heightens their discomfort about discussing sex and potentially slows or stops their feelings of self-efficacy.
- Adults need stages, too! Remind parents that they may not have all of the answers now (or ever!) about sex and sexuality and that’s okay. Remind them they are not only learning (or re-learning) about themselves, but they are also learning about their child, so give themselves room to learn and make mistakes. It is perfectly okay to move at a pace that is comfortable for them and their child.
- One size does not fit all. Parents may be able to tell you that their first child learned to walk at 9 months and their third child learned at 13 months. Teaching about sexuality is the same way. Children will desire to learn different things at different times in their lives, so be patient with them and yourself when it comes to tailoring information to each child.
- Daycares - Think of approaching daycare centers with organizing a “How-To” sexuality education workshop once a month for parents and daycare personnel.
- Faith Centers - If you, or someone close to you is a member of a religious organization, see if any parents would be interested in starting a group to share stories on sex education that are rooted in their particular faith. This could also help parents of younger children get ideas and support from parents of older children.
- Local Libraries - Talk with your local library to see if you could survey parents who attend book clubs or reading groups for themselves or their children to gauge interest in learning how to better educate their children on sexuality.
- PTA Board - Yes, schools can be a scary place to bring up sexuality education, but if you, or someone you know has a group of parents that spend time together in or outside of PTA meetings see if they would be interested in learning more about teaching sexuality education to their children.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
- Gender (M or F)
- Ethnicity (A = Asian, B = Black, L = Latin, W = White)
- Year in Group (’07, ’08, or ’09)
Sunday, February 6, 2011
How to teach about love, sex and relationships to people with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
** a really great book about teenage girls with ASD is "girl growing up on the autism spectrum: what parents and professionals should know about the pre-teen and teenage years" by Shana Nichols, Gina Marie Moravcik and Samara Pulver Tenenbaum.
this is a good book to learn specifically about girls with ASD, it is pretty comprehensive, it talks about friends, schools and even sexuality. most books and material out there is about boys (statistically there are more boys with ASD than girls), but research shows that girls and boys manifest ASD symptoms differently, so it is possible that those statistics are incorrect. and it is also important to remember to adapt curriculum to the gender of the participant.