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Sexual health expert educates teachers, parents on South Whidbey

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Seattle parenting and sexual health expert Amy Lang will appear on South Whidbey next week at the invitation of the South Whidbey Children’s Center. 

On Wednesday, March 13, Lang will provide a training for teachers, “What’s OK and When to Worry – Sexual Behavior in Children Age 2 to 12,” as well as a lecture for parents titled, “3 Simple Tips to Take the Sting out of The Birds & Bees Talks.”

Teacher training will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Parent lecture is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m.

The Whidbey Island Academy, multi-purpose room, is located at 5476 Maxwelton Road.

Price is $150 for “stars hours” for educators, for the 4:30 to 6 p.m. session.

The talk from 7 to 9 p.m. is free for parents. No children, please.

Lang’s presentation for teachers covers the different phases of child sexual development, common and uncommon behaviors, how to effectively talk to kids who are behaving this way, and how to keep children safer from sexual abuse.

In a news release, she said her talk for parents “focuses on how to get really ready to start and continue the conversations, the best age to start the conversations and how to make the sex talks easy, open and effective.”

A longtime sexual health educator, Lang said she found herself “incredibly uncomfortable” when her son had questions about his body. Surprised by her own discomfort, a seed was planted and she decided to start a business helping parents talk to their kids about sex. She also holds a Masters degree in Applied Behavioral Science.

Through her business, Birds + Bees + Kids, Lang teaches parents of all beliefs how to have easy, open and effective conversations with their children about sexuality, love and relationships. A three time Mom’s Choice Award Gold Winner for her book, DVD and journal, Lang has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Seattle’s Child, Babble.com, and has participated in several national conferences.

For more information or to register, call The South Whidbey Children’s Center at 360-221-4499.

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