Wow, it's early and already a couple of you have written for information about the series written for Exceptional Family magazine and wanting more information. Vita Community Living Services, has a 'personal development team' which I supervise as part of my role as the Director of Clinical and Educational Services. This team was created to design and or teach classes on subjects vital for personal safety or effective living. We offer, or are about to offer the following classes, Self Esteem, Anger Management, Abuse Prevention, Relationship Training, Boundaries Awareness, Rights and Responsibilities. Senseability: self advocacy for those with significant disabilities. These classes are offered both to Vita members and to those in the larger community. As a result of teaching, we have learned! Our teachers are like little mini experts in each of these fields.
We are working with Exceptional Family magazine to create a series of 8 articles (for those of you who are sharp eye'd counters, yes there are 7 classes but the Relationship Training class will cover two articles - one on relationship development and one on sexuality education.) The teams and I will work on the articles together. I will be the one constant in the articles, both because I find writing a joy and because then I can ensure a fairly consistent tone throughout.
It will take two years for all the articles to come out but our goal is to have them all written within the next several weeks. We've two down and scheduled two more, it's fun, it's exciting and I think the series will benefit parents, professionals and other care providers. Cause we're giving 'tips' and 'strategies' for teaching these concepts in everyday life - which is where the best teaching occurs.
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