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Cancellation by program organizer: AuSM reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to low registrations or other circumstances that make the workshop non-viable. If AuSM cancels a workshop, registrants will be offered a full refund. If the workshop is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same workshop at the new, future date.

Sexuality: Breaking the Taboo and Learning How To Talk About It

The 4th annual collaborative workshop for parents and caregivers, educators, direct care providers, service agencies, autism and other learning difference professionals presented by

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TeenGroupHangOutwebFriday, Feb. 17, 2017
8:30-4 p.m.

O'Shaughnessy Education Center
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul Campus
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

TeenGroupLaughwebParents and Caregivers: Does the thought of talking about sex with your young loved one with autism or other learning differences make you uncomfortable? During this workshop, you will gain valuable strategies for conversing about sexuality, relationships, and values.

Educators and Professionals: Are you unsure about how to address sexuality with your students with autism or other learning differences? Learn how to talk with families about sharing information on sexuality, as well as how to seek permission for discussing this topic in the classroom. CEUs and certificates of attendance will be available.

Click here to view the workshop registration brochure.

Workshop Goals

  • Learn how to see your loved one with autism or other learning differences as a sexual being, with unique sexual rights.
  • Learn about age- and developmentally-appropriate sexual behaviors.
  • Identify ways to talk with your loved one about healthy sexuality, relationships, and values.
  • Develop awareness of the ways you received information about sexuality, and how this knowledge acquisition impacts your comfort with the topic.
  • Educators will learn how to talk with families about ensuring children receive information and how to get permission to discuss sexuality topics with students.

About the Speaker
DigioiaPhotoMelissa Keyes DiGioia, CSE, is a Certified Sexuality Educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. As co-founder and Director of Education, she facilitates professional development workshops and education sessions on varying sexuality and sexual health topics and specializes in program delivery for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Keyes DiGioia is author of Taking a Special Education Approach, a guide in Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9 (2nd Ed.) for religious educators to adapt lessons and methodology for audiences with special needs. She is co-author of Game On! The Ultimate Sexuality Education Gaming Guide and contributing author to Unequal Partners: Teaching about Power and Consent in Adult-Teen and Other Relationships (3rd Ed) and Older Wiser Sexually Smarter, and Teaching Safer Sex (Volumes 1 & 2).

Cost (on or before Feb. 3) 
AuSM Member: $75
Non-Member: $85
Person with ASD: $25
Student: $25

A group rate of $10 off the member or non-member rate is available for 10 or more participants registering together with one form of payment. Call 651.647.1083 ext. 19 to receive the group rate.

Cost (after Feb. 3) 
AuSM Member: $85
Non-Member: $95
Person with ASD: $35
Student: $35




Parking at St. Thomas for the Workshop
Visitor and hourly parking is available in the Anderson Parking Facility (Intersection of Cretin and Grand), or the Morrison Parking Ramp under Morrison Hall. The cost of parking is $1.50/hour before 4 p.m. Other parking is available at the Morrison Parking Facility Parking. Meters are available in Lot G, Lot M and Lot O. Street parking also may be available. Click here for a campus parking map.