The Birds and the Bees: Teaching Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education

The United States has a long, complicated history with sex education as, often, different stakeholders advocate dissimilar educational frameworks (Irvine, 2004). Although controversies remain in defining the boundaries of sex education, there is a movement both nationally and internationally to define sex education comprehensively (Haberland & Rogow, 2015). The United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) … Continue reading The Birds and the Bees: Teaching Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education

The Nature of Family Meals: A New Vision of Families of Children with Autism

Families with children on the autism spectrum are often viewed in terms of their deficits rather than their strengths. Family meals are portrayed as sources of stress and struggle for parents and children. In this study, we take a resilience perspective to challenge underlying assumptions and get a more accurate picture of the nature of … Continue reading The Nature of Family Meals: A New Vision of Families of Children with Autism

Integrating Family Ritual and Sociocultural Theories as a Framework for Understanding Mealtimes of Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Based on a critical review of research on family meals and autism, this article explores ritual and sociocultural perspectives on shared family meals of families with children on the autism spectrum. Family ritual theory is a lens for analytically understanding phenomena observed in family life, how individuals are connected, and how symbolic meaning is created … Continue reading Integrating Family Ritual and Sociocultural Theories as a Framework for Understanding Mealtimes of Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Father Involvement in Early Intervention: Exploring the Gap Between Service Providers’ Perceptions and Practices

The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine early intervention (EI) service providers’ perceptions of the roles played by fathers in services, as well as their perceptions of the barriers that limit fathers from being engaged in the services provided for families of children with disabilities. A total of 511 EI service providers participated … Continue reading Father Involvement in Early Intervention: Exploring the Gap Between Service Providers’ Perceptions and Practices

Developing Online Family Life Prevention and Education Programs

Although numerous online family life education programs have been developed over the past few years, there has been little discussion about best practices in the development of these programs. This article presents a framework to assist family life educators in the development and improvement of online programs from the initial problem analysis and creation of … Continue reading Developing Online Family Life Prevention and Education Programs

Bringing instructional strategies home: Essential questions for reaching parents from a distance

Families of children with disabilities play a critical role in fostering development and promoting independence across the life span of their children. Although implementing collaborative supports can be challenging for families and practitioners, online family education is a tool that can address many of these challenges. The purpose of this article is to highlight essential … Continue reading Bringing instructional strategies home: Essential questions for reaching parents from a distance

Father involvement and maternal depressive symptoms in families of children with disabilities or delays.

This study examined the longitudinal association between fathers’ early involvement in routine caregiving, literacy, play, and responsive caregiving activities at 9 months and maternal depressive symptoms at 4 years. Data for 3,550 children and their biological parents were drawn from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort data set. Analyses in a structural equation modeling framework examined whether … Continue reading Father involvement and maternal depressive symptoms in families of children with disabilities or delays.

Building Capacity to Deliver Sex Education to Individuals with Autism

Professionals from a variety of fields are called upon to understand the needs of individuals with autism, advocate for services, and provide sexuality education, however few have formal training. This study examined a process to build capacity for individuals with autism to receive human sexuality education through training professionals via a 1 day workshop and providing … Continue reading Building Capacity to Deliver Sex Education to Individuals with Autism