Facilitating and supporting respectful relationships

Cost: $114.64

NDIS information:

  • Support category - Improved Daily Living Skills
  • Support item - Training For Carers/Parents
  • Reference number - 15_038_0117_1_3

Who is this workshop for?

Parents and carers of people with Down syndrome aged between 15 and 18 years.

When and where

Course date: Saturday 16th of March 2019
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: 18/71 Victoria Crescent, Abbotsford. 

Relationships and managing the demands and changes that occur in adolescence is important for everyone, including those who have Down syndrome. Education that is appropriate for the age and development of individuals with Down syndrome increases quality of life, reduces the risk of sexual abuse, avoids misunderstanding and can alleviate the stress and anxiety that can occur during this life stage.   Developing a developmental understanding of the emotional, physical and mental wellbeing is essential in supporting  a young person with Down syndrome  through this important time 

At this workshop you can ask your questions in a safe environment with experienced community educator Kardie Whelan from Family Planning Victoria. The session will focus predominantly on age appropriate behaviour, your son/daughter’s rights and responsibilities, consent, facilitating and supporting friendships and relationships, and the use of social media. It is a great precursor for those parents and carers whose son/daughter will be attending Respectful Relationships, giving you a platform for continuing conversations around these topics in the future. 

What will be covered?

  • The importance of relationships and sexuality education for people with Down syndrome
  • Strategies to support your son/daughter to develop respectful, age-appropriate relationships
  • How to have conversations with your son/daughter about puberty, friendships, sex and relationships
Guest speakers: Kardie Whelan, Disability and Community Educator, Family Planning Victoria
Facilitator: Sonia Bonadio, Training and Information Manager & Family Support, Down Syndrome Victoria

Kardie has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability), as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and has worked in a variety of disability settings, special schools and TAFEs. She has been at Family Planning for 10 years as a sexuality educator for people with cognitive disability of all ages, and is part of an award winning team, who won at the Award for Excellence in Improving Health at the 2014 Disability Awards. Kardie also provides professional learning to professionals and volunteers working in the disability sector, and facilitates information sessions for parents and carers.

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