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Course: Mocked, Marginalized and Molested: The Importance of Sex Education for Developmentally Disabled Students

Release Date: 12/04/2020
Expiration Date: 12/04/2023 
Originally presented at Virtual NASN2020 on June 30, 2020.

Cost: $20.00/Free for NASN members!

Upon successful completion of this offering, 
participants will receive 1.0 CNE contact hours.

Program Overview
Research shows that students with intellectual/developmental disabilities are five times more likely to be sexually molested or assaulted, are less likely to understand or report the incident, and are less likely to be believed. Although many states are now requiring comprehensive sexual health education for secondary students, schools often fail to deliver comprehensive sexual health education to their special education students in developmentally‐appropriate ways, leaving students in jeopardy of molest, assault, bullying, sex trafficking, and pregnancy. This also poses a negligence and liability problem for schools when such incidents occur. The results of interviews and discussions with special education teachers will be presented, including which sex‐related topics are to be emphasized as well as which topics are generally beyond the comprehension of low‐to‐moderate students. Sample individual and small group learning strategies. motivational interviewing, handling self‐disclosure of abuse and instructional resources will also be discussed.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to: 
  • Describe how school nurses can identify, and advocate for, implementing developmentally‐appropriate sexual health education for special education students.
  • Describe how school nurses can integrate sexual content and guidance into one‐on‐one discussions, including self‐disclosure of abuse, with developmentally‐delayed students.
  • Describe how school nurses can identify and impart sexual self‐management and protective social skills to students with developmental disabilities.
Intended Audience
This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity developed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses who are interested in child and adolescent health.

Kim Robert Clark, DrPH, MPH
Positive Prevention PLUS, LLC

Faculty and Program Planner Disclosures
NASN must ensure that all educational session content is free of commercial bias and influence. The intent of this disclosure is to provide learners with information on which they can make their own judgments. 
The nurse planner, faculty and reviewers disclose the absence of personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this educational activity within the past 12 months.

Accreditation Statement

National Association of School Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by NASN or ANCC of any commercial products discussed in this learning activity.

Commercial Support or Grant Funding

This program did not receive commercial support or grant funding.

Instructions to Complete This CNE Activity
To receive a Certificate of Completion for this course, follow the steps below, and complete and view the full content of the program including the course evaluation.

NASN will conduct an outcome assessment of a sample of participants at a later date. Please be advised that, if you complete this course, you may be asked to participate in this outcome assessment.

Step 1: Enroll in the course through the e-commerce system. Select the Purchase button. You will be directed to the e-commerce system. The item should already be in your shopping cart (look for the shopping cart icon at the top of the e-commerce web page).  The cost for this course will be waived for NASN members during the checkout process.

Step 2: Complete and view the full content of the program. Content items are indexed at the bottom of this screen. After you enroll, you will return to this screen. The first content item will be “unlocked” so that you can begin completing the course. Subsequent items will “unlock” as you complete previous items.
Step 3: Print the certificate.