Consumer Education

I strive to close the intimacy gap in rehabilitation by teaching your patients or members about changes in relationships and intimacy associated with their condition, promoting self-esteem and positive interpersonal skills, and developing knowledge and healthy practices necessary to ensure sexual and reproductive health.

My approach to closing the intimacy gap in habilitation and rehabilitation is to help people achieve the following objectives:

●     Learn about expected physical, emotional, and biological changes associated with their condition as related to relationships and intimacy.

●     Develop healthy attitudes and values about growth and development, body image, gender roles, racial and ethnic diversity, among other subjects.

●     Promote self-esteem and positive interpersonal skills focusing on relationship dynamics, including, but not limited to, friendships, dating, romantic involvement, marriage and family interactions.

●     Develop and practice healthy life skills including goal-setting, decision making, negotiation, communication, and stress management.

●     Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure and protect their sexual and reproductive health throughout their lifespan.

●     Develop skills to make responsible decisions about sexuality, including how to avoid unwanted verbal, physical, and sexual advances and how not to make unwanted verbal, physical, and sexual advances.

●     Learn that becoming a parent is a right, if they chose and that there is not increased risk for them having a child with a disability compared with the general population.

●     Develop parenting skills and establish a support system to assist with parenting.

●     Increase awareness of how alcohol and drug use can affect responsible decision-making.

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