Supporting Healthy Sexuality
For People with Developmental Disabilities
A Conference for Families & Professionals
Managing Our Values
Keeping People Safe
Capacity and Consent
How to Talk About Sexuality
Sexual Development- What to Teach and When
The Sexual Health Education Program of Schenectady ARC
Keynote Address presented by Katherine McLaughlin.
Ms. McLaughlin has taught sexuality education to people with developmental disabilities and trained peer sexuality educators. She has co-authored two curricula for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and worked as a sexuality educator and trainer for over 20 years.
November 4, 2011 from 8:15am-4pm
At the Century House in Latham, New York
Fee: $20 for families and self-advocates and $60 for professionals.
Conference brochure and registration available September 2011.
Presented by Saratoga Bridges and Wildwood Programs, Inc.
Using Creative Arts Therapies with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Creative Arts Therapies can be an effective way to reach individuals on the autism spectrum in ways that would not otherwise be possible. The therapeutic arts address three major treatment goals: language development and communication, increased sensory awareness, including a sense of self, and increased socialization.
Participants will learn specifically about the role of Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy.
Beth McLaughlin, Board Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, will discuss and demonstrate how music therapy supports growth in areas of academic, social and motor development.
Heather Hutchinson, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, will explain how the sensory approach of art therapy can be an extremely helpful intervention for individuals who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally and how it can help them learn critical developmental skills.
Rachelle Smith-Stallman, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, will show how making connections through movement allows growth, creativity and discovery for all participants involved.
Monday, October 24, 2011 from 9:30am-12: 30pm at our Latham Office.
RSVP by October 20, 2011 at 640-3300
Topic Specific Support Group
All workshops and support group are held at our Latham Office at
1190 Troy Schenectady Rd.
Latham, NY 12110
There is no charge for attendance.
If you are supporting someone through the grief process and would like a copy of “A Very Special Person Has Died”, please contact Eileen Marrone at 640-3373.
An Overview of Psychiatric Medications Commonly used for People with Developmental Disabilities
Friday 12/2/11 9 – 10:30 .m.
Dr. Zvi Klopott is a psychiatrist who has been working with people with developmental disabilities for over 20 years. He will provide an overview of medications that are commonly used to treat anxiety, depression, OCD and other psychiatric symptoms in children and adults with developmental disabilities. He will also help you get the most out of psychiatric appointments by explaining what information is helpful to bring to a psychiatric consultation.
RSVP: 11/28/11 at 640-3300
An Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Tuesday 11/1/11 9-10:30 a.m.
This discussion will examine the characteristics of each of the Autism Spectrum Disorders and the specific diagnostic criteria utilized in differential diagnosis. Dr. Barnett will clarify those criteria and explain the process of evaluation and eligibility determination. He will attempt to clarify misconceptions and sources of confusion that often interfere with obtaining appropriate supports.
RSVP: 10/25/11 at 640-3300
Workshops are held at the Wildwood Programs Latham Office, 1190 Troy-Schenectady Rd, Latham, NY 12110
There is no fee for attendance.