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WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

MONTREAL, MARCH 20, 2014 – The English Montreal School Board’s (EMSB) Student Services Department is organizing a series of workshops offered by the Advisory Committee on Special Education Services (ACSES). The first workshop will take place on Tuesday, April 22 from 7 pm to 9 pm inside the Laurence Patterson Conference Room (6000 Fielding Avenue).

The workshop titled “How to teach appropriate sexual behaviors to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” is open to parents of special needs students and other interested individuals. This presentation will explain to parents how to teach appropriate sexual behaviors to adolescents with ASD. It will explore how intensive sex education can help individuals with ASD replace problem sexual behaviors with new appropriate behaviors that enhance social interaction and decrease inappropriate sexual encounters.

Dr. Isabelle Hénault, a psychologist from the University of Québec in Montreal and the author of “Asperger’s Syndrome and Sexuality:  From Adolescence through Adulthood,”  will be presenting.  Her practice and studies have focused on providing diagnosis, education and support to children, adolescents, adults and couples living with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Dr. Hénault has developed a relationship and sex education program, and works with individuals and groups to increase their understanding of sexuality, and also conducts relationship counseling.

Recent years have seen rapid development in interventions related to ASD and AS.  However, programs incorporating themes related to interpersonal relationships and sexuality are very few in number, despite the pressing concerns of families and individuals affected by these conditions. 

Limited spaces are available. If you are interested, please confirm your presence by contacting Nikoleta Spiropoulos at 514-483-7200 ext. 7307 or nspiropoulos@emsb.qc.ca, by Friday, April 11, 2014 at the latest. 

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca