Registration has opened for our January 2020 class. Click HERE to register.
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 parent 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 16 year old son with Down syndrome. The following boys and girls classes are taught by Beth Olenchek, a health educator at Virginia Mason.
The four-session classes include:
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.
When: Saturday, January 11, 1:00 – 2:00 PM – parents/caregivers only
Saturdays, January 18, 25, and February 1
1:00-2:00 PM – girls and parents/caregivers
2:30-3:30 PM – boys and parents/caregivers
Where: Virginia Mason Issaquah, 100 NE Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, WA, 98027