Talking With Your Kids: Developmental Disability and Sexuality

An Engaging Online Course to Help Parents Bridge the Gap

Feel More Comfortable and Confident When Discussing Sexuality With Your Children

Talking with your children about sexuality can be a difficult task. As parents and guardians, we often worry that talking about sexuality gives permission and wonder whether our children can actually have safe, satisfying relationships.

We get it, and we’re here to help.

This 4-module, online course offers you a nuts-and-bolts approach to discussing sexuality and responding to behaviors. Like so many other parents/guardians who’ve completed this course, you’ll come away feeling more skillful, comfortable and confident when discussing sexuality with your children.

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In this 2-minute video, Katherine McLaughlin shares why she created this course, as well as her #1 tip for parents when discussing sexuality with their children.

The training modules and curriculum that Katherine has designed set the standard for sexual education for individuals with ID/DD. They are straight forward, sensitive, humane, and with compassion.

Dr. Robb Weiss, Psy. D., BCBA-D

Benefits of this Online Course

Unlimited Access for You and Your Family

All members of your family can have access to the course – all you need is an internet connection. Buy it once and get unlimited use.

Learn at Home

Learn at your own pace and in the convenience and privacy of your own home.

Easy and Affordable

One easy payment. No travel expenses or time away from your home.

This Course Includes

4 Video Training Modules

High quality, well-paced learning modules developed by Katherine McLaughlin, an expert in sexuality education.

PDF Downloads of Course Materials

Accompanying PDF version of training exercises, handouts and checklists.

Email Support for Your Questions

Email your questions to our support team as you go through the program.

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Research Shows Online Learning is More Effective

The U.S. Department of Education released a report recently on the effectiveness of online education. Their meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.

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Using the Course is Easy

  • If you can access the internet, you can use this course, you don’t have to be tech-savvy.
  • Everything you need in one place.
  • All the content is available on demand – no waiting for future lessons.
  • See your progress as you make your way through the course.
  • You can download all the handouts and articles.
  • Study at your own pace.
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Course Learning Objectives

Understand how sexuality is a normal aspect of growth and development and become more comfortable communicating, and creating positive messages for your kids.

Learn about sexual development and issues related to sexuality and developmental disabilities.

Identify barriers to talking about sexuality, examine your own values and attitudes, and explore ways to teach values to your kids.

Gain tips and tools for talking about sexuality, and practice how to answer questions and respond to behaviors.

Here’s What You’ll Learn in Each Module

Welcome Module – Getting Started

This module will help you get comfortable with the online learning format. It will take you through all that you need to navigate the course site successfully.

Module 1 – Building a Health Foundation for Children to Thrive

This module explores how sexuality is a normal part of development. It examines messages we received growing up about sexuality and how those impact our ability to talk about this topic. We will explore how to communicate effectively by creating positive messages to give to our kids.

Module 2 – Sexuality 101

This module teaches Human Sexual Development and the issues regarding sexuality that people with developmental disabilities face. You will gain a better understanding of how to support your child in their sexual development.

Module 3 – Barriers to Being Effective

This module examines the barriers we face in communicating about sexuality. We will explore our own values and attitudes and learn ways to teach values to our kids.

Module 4 – Answer Questions and Respond to Behaviors – Practical Tips and Tools

This module is designed to give you the tools to overcome any barriers you have with addressing this topic. We will explore effective ways to answer questions and respond to behaviors.

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Katherine McLaughlin is a dynamic and enthusiastic educator that is willing to tackle the tough topics that many shy away from … I am more than ready to answer the questions our individuals may ask and do so in a well-informed yet easy to understand way.

Alfred Dufour III
Training Coordinator for LEAP, Farmington Maine

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For Parents or Guardians


  • Course Includes
  • 4 Video Training Modules
  • Downloadable Handouts and Articles
  • Unlimited Use
  • Email Support for Questions

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Get this version if you’re a parent or guardian. It’s the same as the agency version, but we want to make it financially accessible to you.

For Agencies/Schools


  • Course Includes
  • 4 Video Training Modules
  • Downloadable Handouts and Articles
  • Unlimited Use
  • Email Support for Questions

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Buy Now With Check/PO

Please buy this version if you’re an agency or school and you want to make this course available to the parents/guardians you serve.

Katherine McLaughlin is a phenomenal trainer full of energy and knowledge. She is skilled at creating an extremely comfortable environment for people to learn about such an important and sensitive topic.

Katie Arnold, Community Support Coordinator
Institute on Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois-Chicago

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the course and what to expect after your purchase

Who is the course designed for?

This course is designed for parents or guardians of kids with developmental disabilities. It’s also good for agencies or schools who want it as a resources for the parents/guardians they serve.

How will I receive the course materials?

Once you purchase the course and create your account and profile, you’ll get access to the entire course, all its modules and supporting PDF’s. You can log in any time, from any computer that has an internet connection.

Do I need to be in a particular place or time to access the course?

Nope, you can access the course anytime, any where you can connect to the internet.

How much time should I set aside for each module?

Each module takes about 60- 90 minutes to complete.

What’s the format of the materials included in the course?

The main content comes from a video which is a narrated power point presentation. During the video, you will be asked to pause the video and do some activities with PDF handouts that you printed or downloaded from the module.

Can I buy with a purchase order and check, rather than online?

Yes, if you want to pay with a check, or if you’re an agency or school and require a PO process, it is a payment option.

How many people can use the course?

Anyone in your family has access the course. We ask that you not share the course outside your family, we’ve tried to make the course affordable. You can repeat the course over and over. For agencies and schools, you can offer this course as a resource to the parents of the kids you work with.

What happens after I click Buy Now?

After you purchase you will get a confirmation email from us with instructions and a link to access the course (if you don’t check your spam). When you click the link you will be taken to the site that houses the course (the course portal). First, you set up your account and create a password, build a profile and then you can access all the course content. If you’re an agency or school buying this course for parents to use, you can give parents the link to access the course with the username and the password you set up. It’s very quick and easy.

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