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We were honored and enthusiastic about expressing our support for Comprehensive Sex Education for Youth with Disabilities in this report, as well as to share our curriculum as a resource. Read more about the history, research and hope for the future of Sex Education for young people with disabilities.
Loma Special Needs Podcast Interview
In this episode, Katie shares some foundational things we can be teaching our loved one such as consent, rules, and guidelines around some of the grey areas, public vs private spaces, compliance vs appropriate non compliance, and necessary vs exploitive touch.
Loma Special Needs Podcast Interview
Neglecting to teach sexual boundaries can have devastating consequences. In this episode with Leah Bauman-Smith, they discuss the importance of understanding consent and teaching it at a very young age starting with simple displays of affection such as hugs. Leah talks about how to teach public vs private spaces and public vs private behaviors as well as sensory replacements for inappropriate public self touching.
Minnesota Women’s Press Article: Healthy Sexuality
Mad Hatter Wellness founder Katie Thune shares with Women’s Press how Mad Hatter Wellness began, her work with people with developmental disabilities, and she shares examples from a Mad Hatter Wellness Activity.
Our founder was featured in Lake Time Magazine
Learn more about Katie Thune, founder of Mad Hatter Wellness / Sexuality for All Abilities:
- Katie’s mission
- Her definition of success
- The biggest challenge / sacrifice she’s faced in pursuit of her passion
- How she builds herself up in moments of self-doubt and adversity
- And more!
Our article is on p 90-91.
Check out this article about the work we’ve done with Upstream Arts!
The women have developmental or intellectual disabilities, and for many of them, this is the first time they’ve had any sort of sex education. A new program is using the arts to teach women with such disabilities how to have meaningful relationships while protecting themselves from all-too-common sexual abuse.
Listen to this conversation with MPR!
Katie had the opportunity to sit down with host Marianne Combs, NPR reporter Joseph Shapiro, and local attorney Patrick Noaker for a conversation about sexual education and people with intellectual disabilities.
What is a True Friend?
Campers and staff from around the world came together at Courage North of True Friends in Bemidji, MN in the summer of 2018 to talk about what it means to be a true friend. This awesome video was created as result of a partnership with Courage North and Mad Hatter Wellness.
MinnPost Article: Workshops help middle schoolers and their significant adults understand each other
Learn more about Power of Me Parent-Child Retreats and how they enhance your relationship with the child(ren) in your life!
Visit our shop to find our Flip Books to create sentences on healthy and unhealthy behaviors and touch, Videos on Safety and Healthy Relationships and our Sexuality for All Abilities Curriculum to bring comprehensive sexual education to all!
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About Katie Thune
For the past 20 years, Katie has worked with children and adults, both with and without disabilities. Her mission is to help people improve their quality of life. In her 12 years working as a school teacher in Saint Paul Public Schools, her most rewarding work was helping children reach their fullest potential, whether helping a child join Special Olympics or teaching a student mindfulness techniques to use at home
Katie has her Teaching License in Health Education, and Special Education K – 12, as well as her MA in Education: Developmental Disabilities. She also has her Autism Spectrum Disorder Teaching Certificate.
Katie has also done extensive curriculum writing and relationship work with nonprofits like Highland Friendship Club, Lifeworks, Upstream Arts, and Special Olympics MN. She has developed curricula and courses for these organizations on the topics of healthy relationships and sexuality education, incorporating mindfulness activities and yoga.
Katie started Mad Hatter Wellness in 2013 in order to enhance the lives of children and adults with and without disabilities through yoga and wellness by supporting their social, emotional, and physical awareness. We strive to help people to improve their quality of life.