Presented by Matt Zakreski

Date, Time, Cost

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7.30PM EDT – 9.00PM EDT
Fee: $30.00 for SENG Members; $40.00 for Non-Members
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Sexuality education is a very important aspect of a person’s development. The educational field is moving towards a lifespan education model of sexuality, which allows educators to meet the different developmental needs of different students by focusing on lessons that are appropriate for different development levels. Traditionally, sex education has not reached special education classrooms and gifted students, which represent a type of special education, are an example of a population that is often overlooked regarding sex education. A review of the literature regarding gifted education revealed guidelines but no clear program designed to meet the specific needs of gifted learners in sex education. This presentation serves to fill that gap in the broader literature by providing a road map to implementing a successful sex education program in a private school for gifted learners. This manuscript also will provide outcome data that demonstrate the measurable impact of sex education on a gifted population. The author will also discuss the implementation process in detail, providing advice and guidelines for professionals who seek to implement similar programs in similar schools. Implications of implementing sex education programs will also be discussed.

About Matt Zakreski

Matthew Zakreski, PsyD is a high energy, creative clinician who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his clients. He specializes in working with children and adolescents, as well as their families, in providing therapy and conducting psychological evaluations. Dr. Zakreski served as the school counselor for The Grayson School, the only school in Pennsylvania that solely serves the needs of the gifted. He is proud to serve as a consultant to schools, a professor at the university level, and a researcher and author on his specialty, Giftedness. He is currently in private psychological practice.

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