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Join us for an informative lecture with Dr. Ioana Pal, PsyD from Stramski Children’s Developmental Center, Fragile X Clinic in a lecture on how to start having the uncomfortable conversations about sex with our kiddos.

The Conference Room is on the 1st floor of the Miller Children’s Pavilion. The receptionist in the lobby of the Pavilion can direct you.

Who is this for: This is for parents and caregivers of kids with developmental delays who are approaching preteen and teen years.

Dr. Pal is the clinical psychologist at the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center, Fragile X Clinic, Memorial Care Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, where she supports the medical team through psychological assessments, appropriate referrals, treatment recommendations and support for patients and their families.

Families can expect to learn:

-Brief review of development (physical and emotional aspects)

-boys vs girls

-consideration for gender difference in FXS

-Cognitive functioning and anxiety

-strengths and limitations of understanding

-Safety and boundaries

-behaviors allowed at home vs in public

-legal consequences

-social media and online presence

-protection

-Parents’/caregivers role:

-comfort level

-having an open discussion about safety, pleasure, relationships, respect, and shame

-Role-playing exercise (talking about sexuality and sex as a group)

-Discussion strategies (mom vs dad)

-Resources available.