DSC’s Understanding Adolescence and Puberty
for Girls and Boys with Down Syndrome
Hosted by the Haring Center
Thank you to the Nysether Family Foundation for their generous support in bringing this class to our community.
Registration for our March 2018 session will open in January 2018.
Teens and tweens with Down syndrome go through puberty during the same years as their typically developing peers (ages 9-14), and as with all children, they have questions and concerns about the changes affecting their bodies during this time of their life.
“Understanding Adolescence and Puberty” is based on books by Terri Couwenhoven, M.S. (www.terricouwenhoven.com) who specializes in the design and implementation of sexuality programs and resources for people with intellectual disabilities and their parents who support them. The class is taught by Rebecca Partridge, MD, head of the Down Syndrome Program at Virginia Mason https://www.virginiamason.org/down-syndrome, who also has a 14 year old son with Down syndrome.
The four-session classes will be held on four consecutive Saturdays in March 2018.
The first one hour session, for the parents/caregivers only, will be an overview of what to expect from the class. The following three, one hour sessions will be gender-specific and include the parent/caregiver; the girls’ and boys’ classes will each meet for one hour. The topics for the weekly sessions will be the same for both girls and boys, but the details included will be gender specific.
The class will use the following books all by Terri Couwenhoven, M.S.:
* Books are included in the program.
Saturday, March 3, 2017
2:00-3:00 PM – parents/caregivers only
Saturdays, March 10, 17, 24, 2018
2:00-3:00 PM – girls and parents/caregivers
4:00-5:00 PM – boys and parents/caregivers
Experimental Education Unit – Haring Center at the University of Washington
1981 NE Columbia Road, Seattle, WA
Free Parking in the S1 Parking garage