“Children, Teens and Young Adults with Invisible Disabilities”
Free evening workshop featuring Y.A.L.E. School expert clinicians Karen Huber and Kristin O’Lexy
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia
116 Rector St.
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Who should attend:
Open to the public, professionals, Y.A.L.E. School parents & staff from all campuses
Karen Huber, MS, MFCC, NJ Certified School Social Worker
Y.A.L.E. School Clinical Coordinator and Admissions Coordinator
Kristin O’Lexy, MSW, LCSW, NJ Certified School Social Worker
Clinician, Y.A.L.E. School Ellisburg Campus
This workshop will explore the unique challenges experienced by families of children, teens and young adults with “invisible disabilities.” Our focus will be on issues related to sexuality prevalent in the teenage and young adult, higher level of independence, autistic and psychiatric populations including: legal pitfalls, puberty, dating, online dating, intimacy, sexual safety, body image and self-esteem. We will also discuss personal and familial consequences of society’s misperceptions of people with psychiatric, developmental and significant dysregulation, executive functioning, learning and sensory differences. Self-advocacy and the pros and cons of disclosure as they relate to these issues will be covered, and we will make recommendations on how to find agencies and therapists who offer assistance to this population.
About the presenters:
Karen Huber is an Admissions/Clinical Coordinator for Y.A.L.E. School. She has a M.S. in Marriage, Family, Child Counseling and is a certified School Social Worker. Prior to working at Y.A.L.E. School, she was employed as a public school mental health counselor, guidance counselor and psychotherapist. Karen is the parent of a 26 year old diagnosed with ASD.
Kristin O’Lexy, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and NJ Certified School Social Worker with Y.A.L.E. School. Mrs. O’Lexy attended Rutgers School of Social Work, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work and certification in Violence Against Women and Children. Mrs. O’Lexy received training in the assessment and treatment of sexually abusive youth through the Second Chance Program run by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, in conjunction with the Juvenile Justice Commission. She has over ten years experience working with students on the autism spectrum and has spent the last three years focusing on sexuality concerns in this population. Mrs. O’Lexy has helped to develop Y.A.L.E. School’s sexual education curriculum and was the program director for Take 5!, a Y.A.L.E. Adult Continuum program servicing individuals age 21 and older. Mrs. O’Lexy also provides counseling services to children and adolescents through private practice.
Event details and registration instructions:
Professional attendees may earn 2 ASAH professional development credits.
A brief question and answer session with the presenters will follow the presentation.
Light refreshments will be served.
We cannot provide childcare at this event so we kindly ask that parents not bring children with them to this presentation.
Street parking only. School is located near SEPTA stop for 35, 61, and 62 buses at corner of Rector St. and Main St. in Manayunk.
This is a free event, however seating is limited so all attendees must register online before the registration deadline. Registrations will not be accepted by phone or email.
Register online now at: yaleschoolpa.com/invisible
Parents, Special educators/teachers, Public district CST members or district representatives, Therapists, clinicians, or medical professionals, Advocates, Y.A.L.E. staff members
Disability populations addressed:
Autism or Autism Spectrum disorders, Social Learning difference or disability, ADD/ADHD, Emotional or Behavioral disability, Anxiety disorders, Specific learning disabilities
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