Global Down Syndrome Foundation webinar: "Healthy Boundaries and Relationships"
Beginning Time:12:00 pm
Ending Time:1:00 pm
Global Down Syndrome Foundation webinar:
“Healthy Boundaries and Relationships” Wednesday, August 5, 12pm - 1pm MST.
Jennifer Harris, M.S.E., and Dr. Taylor Dreher Lee will present on the topic of Healthy Boundaries and Relationships. Jennifer and Taylor have been running groups to teach parents how to support their adolescent in the dating world. Through their work they have recognized the importance of first looking at the bias and barriers that caregivers have in teaching and talking about this subject. In this webinar they will discuss how to look at your beliefs to establish the difference between a value and a bias when it comes to individuals with Down syndrome and relationships. They will also touch upon the unspoken and often untaught boundaries that exist in every relationship in an effort to make abstract concepts more concrete.
Key takeaways from this presentation are:
• Recognizing myths and realities about people with Down syndrome and social/sexual relationships
• Examining the barriers you may have in talking with and teaching your adolscent about relationships
• Identifying the four types of boundaries and how they play into each type of relationship
Jennifer Harris, M.S.E., has her Masters in Educational Leadership and holds a Special Education Generalist Teaching License in the State of Colorado. She has worked in special education for over 15 years in both Colorado and her home state of Michigan as a paraprofessional, teacher, teacher leader, and most recently as the Anna and John J. Sie Center’s Education Specialist. It is in this role that she is able to support self-advocates, their families, and their teachers in understanding the unique learning profile of a person with Down syndrome, how to navigate educational processes, and promote equitable best practices in education. She currently sits on several committees on the local and state level to advocate for equitable rights for people receiving special education services. Since beginning at the Sie Center in August of 2017 she has been able to support over 600 unique patients with Down syndrome.
Dr. Taylor Dreher Lee received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology in August, 2019. While in graduate school, Dr. Dreher gained extensive experience assessing and treating children with various neurodevelopmental disorders and genetic conditions. After completing her degree, Dr. Dreher was thrilled to receive an offer to complete her postdoctoral fellowship at the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Dreher accepted this offer and has provided intervention, assessment, and consultative services through the Sie Center since September 2019. One of Dr. Dreher’s areas of expertise is in the dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also incredibly passionate about helping individuals with Down syndrome have safe and meaningful interpersonal relationships.