Program Name: Supporting Healthy Sexuality in the Healthcare Setting for Your Patients With Down Syndrome
December 5, 2023, 6:00-7:00 PM Central Time; 7:00-8:00 PM Eastern Time
December 5 Program Objectives
As a result of participation in this educational series, members of the healthcare team will:
- Describe how attitudes impact sexuality education
- List common sexuality concerns reported by families
- Identify helpful roles and resources for supporting families in their healthcare practice
Terri Couwenhoven, MS, CSE
Terri Couwenhoven, MS, CSE, is an AASECT-certified sexuality educator who specializes in developing programs and resources for people who have cognitive disabilities, their families, and the professionals who support them. She is the author of Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries and Sexuality: A Guide for Parents and Professionals; The Girls’ Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes in the Tween Years; The Boy’s Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes During Puberty; and Boyfriends & Girlfriends: A Guide to Dating for People with Disabilities.
When she is not teaching or writing, she is the Clinic Coordinator for the Down Syndrome Clinic at Children’s Wisconsin. She is also the mother of two girls. Her oldest daughter has Down syndrome.
Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L
Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L, has worked as an occupational therapist at the Adult Down Syndrome Center since 2016 and in the field of occupational therapy since 2001. She also serves as the president of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA. Dr. Frank earned her degree in occupational therapy from Saint Louis University and her PhD in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most of her work has been with individuals with Down syndrome of all ages. Dr. Frank’s experience includes treatment and evaluation as well as facilitating groups for people with Down syndrome, conducting trainings for staff, families, and caregivers, and offering a variety of other educational opportunities across the United States. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.