As a teenager, your kid faces a million choices and obstacles: zits, alcohol, sex, vaping, obesity, gaming, social media, friends, and so many more. Does the thought of them navigating these issues on their own terrify you? Do you feel overwhelmed yourself and at a loss as to where to start the conversation?

Let's stand with them.

Let's prepare for all of it.

 

Let's have The Talk

 

About

The Talk is a casual seminar for parents of adolescents and their teenagers to attend together. It is frequently held in a private home, a church, or event center.  The TALK is given by Dr. Alyson Denson, a board certified pediatrician and mother of four Young adult children.  She combines both her professional and home experience to give clear explanations and practical and realistic tips for thriving in this turbulent phase of development.
The Talk is divided into three separate sessions with discussion assignments given to parents and their kids during the breaks.

Health

The first session takes a unique look at the health of a teenager from a Pediatrician mom’s perspective.  This program covers physical, mental, and spiritual health with easy and detailed daily applications. Practical tips will be given on everything from anxiety to stinky feet.  

   Parents and Teens

The second session is dedicated to establishing the scripturally-defined role of the parent.  Attention is given to the areas of clarifying expectations, arguing techniques, establishment and conveyance of rules, and appropriate consequences for a teenager.

Puberty and Sexuality

 The final session is a straightforward look at puberty and sexuality.  The questions that need to be asked, and the answers some are too afraid to give, will be covered.  There will be an in depth focus on medical explanations for physiologic changes and processes, coupled with a Biblical perspective on sex.

Frequently asked

How long does "The Talk" usually last?


Typically, "The Talk" takes about three hours from start to finish, including breaks. However, the host for the event may have other activities scheduled before, after, or during extended breaks.




Do I need to accompany my child to "The Talk"?


Yes, "The Talk" is just as useful for the parents as it is for the kids. In "The Talk", I cover various topics crucial to helping your child progress through the next stages in their development. All teens must have an adult present to attend. For the boys, both moms and dads may attend. For the girls, only moms may attend. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, guardians, and other adults significant in the care of these teens are welcome, but only females are allowed at the girls' events.




Is "The Talk" seperated by gender?


Yes! "The Talk" is seperated by gender. The events for the boys and girls are similar for the first two sessions, with some slight differences. Given the content of the last session it varies greatly. If you are a parent of both a boy and a girls of this age, attending both events would be helpful.




At what age should my child attend "The Talk"?


"The Talk" was developed specifically for students entering middle school and at the start of puberty. This typically is 5th and 6th graders or 10-13 year olds. However, all kids develop differently and we have had 4th through 9th graders attend. However, it is generally recommended that the age span of participants in a particular event not be more than three years.




Will food be provided at "The Talk"?


This depends on the host/hostess and location. Typically, a meal or snacks are provided during breaks.




What do I need to do to prepare my child for "The Talk"?


It is important to prepare your child for the general topics that will be presented in "The Talk" and let them understand what to expect. It is vital that the kids are not suprised in the last moment and have time to ask questions and discuss anxiety before the session. We are wanting to help them be as comfortable and ready to listen as possible. Say something simple and direct like, "This Friday evening, you and I are going to get to go to a seminar that will prepare us for you being a teenager. We will learn about puberty and sex, keeping you healthy, and how I can be the best mom/dad possible for you. I am excited about it but also a little nervous. How does it make you feel?"




What if I am unable to attend any scheduled sessions of "The Talk"?


Presentations and sessions of "The Talk" can be found on the Live Events and Video Conferences pages of the website. If no dates are listed that you can attend, continue to check back frequently as new dates are added. By subscribing to the website, you will receive email notifications of public events when they are scheduled. If you have a group of 10 children or more interested in "The Talk", consider booking a private event where a date and location can be arranged to fit your specific needs.




What maturity level is "The Talk" and what terminology is used?


Because "The Talk" contains portions that cover anatomy and sex, some diagrams and pictures are used in the presentation. However, scientific names are used to describe anatomy and no images presented are inappropriate or suggestive. Do be prepared for descriptions of bodily processes in detail using vocabulary accessible for this age.





 

"“The Talk” should be a requirement to enter into puberty! It is an amazing opportunity for young teens and parents to learn facts about rarely discussed issues. Dr. Alyson Denson presents these topics with a professional, yet warm tone from a Medical & Biblical point of view. Her passion to help families is very evident!"

Tonya Byrd, 
Children’s Minister

"I attended “The Talk” with my 11 year old son.  Dr. Denson did a phenomenal job making everything relevant and easy to understand for all ages in the room.  She covered all the bases and even made the uncomfortable topics comfortable.  Her presentation was very thorough and I love how she organized the morning.  I am so glad we attended “The Talk”. Thank you, Dr. Denson!"

Leah Poe, 3rd Grade Teacher

"We have brought 3 of our 4 young humans to hear ‘The Talk’.  First my boys and most recently my daughter.  ‘The Talk’ helped us to dive into some uncomfortable subjects. I love Dr. Denson's heart to help parents walk their children through changes as they grow.  I am most thankful for her bringing instruction and counsel through a biblical world view.  Truth that is solidly founded on the unchanging Word of God that is not moved by culture.  Everything from practical cleanliness to guarding the heart!"

"The Talk” should be a requirement to enter into puberty! It is an amazing opportunity for young teens and parents to learn facts about rarely discussed issues. Dr. Alyson Denson presents these topics with a professional, yet warm tone from a Medical & Biblical point of view. Her passion to help families is very evident!"

Tonya Byrd, Children’s Minister

"I attended “The Talk” with my 11 year old son.  Dr. Denson did a phenomenal job making everything relevant and easy to understand for all ages in the room.  She covered all the bases and even made the uncomfortable topics comfortable.  Her presentation was very thorough and I love how she organized the morning.  I am so glad we attended “The Talk”. Thank you, Dr. Denson!"

Leah Poe, 3rd Grade Teacher

"We have brought 3 of our 4 young humans to hear ‘The Talk’.  First my boys and most recently my daughter.  ‘The Talk’ helped us to dive into some uncomfortable subjects. I love Dr. Denson's heart to help parents walk their children through changes as they grow.  I am most thankful for her bringing instruction and counsel through a biblical world view.  Truth that is solidly founded on the unchanging Word of God that is not moved by culture.  Everything from practical cleanliness to guarding the heart!"

Holly Christian Bates, mother

"The Talk" which Alyson presented was very informative and age appropriate but most importantly from a Biblical perspective. As a parent attending "The Talk", I felt empowered and it was refreshing for my daughter to hear this message from a Godly role model.  I highly recommend.  

Monica Davis, mother

“Every mother of boys knows there’s a time in her son’s life around 11-13 when they need to learn about “the birds and the bees”. This has typically been left up to the fathers, and it’s usually short, sweet and not always entirely accurate. I love that Dr. Denson’s program, “The Talk”, takes the embarrassment out of an extremely important developmental stage in a young man’s life. Moms, dads and boys all feel comfortable while learning from a strong woman who is knowledgeable both medically and biblically. Dr. Denson takes her experiences as a doctor, mother and Christian woman, and breaks down an uncomfortable subject that is unparalleled to any parenting book you will find on the market today. Your sons will enjoy learning about their bodies and you may even learn something too!”

Courtney Burnett, mother

Alyson is a gifted communicator who is able to relate well to both teens and their parents on very important and timely topics. If you are a parent with a preteen, I highly recommend this class!

Tammy waters, mother

"Alyson presents uncomfortable material in a very comfortable way! Mom & Dad, this is a "must attend" event for you and your pre-teen.  Let Alyson do the "hard part" when it comes to talking with your child about sex and puberty.  Her medical expertise coupled with her love for the Lord makes her the perfect presenter for this delicate subject matter.  Don't let your child learn about sex and his/her body in the locker room, let him/her learn in a safe, educational, loving, non-threatening environment."

Melanie Jenkins, Mother

“As the mother of 2 boys this was so beneficial for me learning about the development of boys. My oldest son I didn’t sit in on the talk, but the second son I did. Wow!  Is all I can say.  It sure would have saved me a lot of phone calls to the doctor’s office if I had of listened. Alyson was great at talking to the boys. I highly recommend for kids and parents to go to one of her talks.“

Angela Legrand, mother

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Dr. ALyson Denson

Education:

          Bachelor of Arts in Biology- Baylor University, Waco, TX

          Doctorate of Medicine- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

          Pediatric Internship and Residency- Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, AR

Certification/Licensure:

          American Board of Pediatrics Certification 2001-current

          Texas Medical License

          Arkansas Medical License

            Dr. Denson  practiced pediatric medicine in Texarkana, TX for 8 years in a private clinic.  She then had the privilege of working at All for Kids, a primarily Medicaid clinic, from 2010-2018 as a physician and assistant professor for UAMS.  Dr. Denson has enjoyed public speaking throughout her medical career.  She has spoken on many topics and to many ages.  Her subject material has included basic hygiene and first aid, cycles of abuse, teen abstinence and HIV prevention, sex education, pre-natal health and development, parenting, and adolescent health.  Her experience at the state of Arkansas’ premier children’s hospital provided her the unique opportunity to learn from and assist children and parents in some of life’s most challenging situations.  Many of her parenting tips come from seeing what works, and what doesn’t, in all types of families.

            Dr. Denson has been married to an amazingly wonderful man, Wayne, for over twenty-five years. Their family started early with the arrival of their son Chase, now 23, who was born while she was a third year medical student, and Brett, now 20, who was born during her residency. The rest of the kids joined a little later.

          Dr. Denson has participated in medical missions through out her career.  She has served in Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico many times.  In 2010, Alyson felt called to go to Haiti after the earthquake in January.  She worked with orphans and children with amputations for about a month and became convicted that her family should increase through adoption. God took the family on a surprising journey that ended in St. Petersburg, Russia where LeAnna, now 22, and Alex, now 18, became members of the family in March of 2011.

            Alyson, now the mother of four, has also served her community through numerous church and volunteer positions. Alyson became a Christian as a young child and is blessed with an ever growing relationship with Christ.  Most recently, Alyson traveled to Africa and worked in Nkhoma Mission Hospital in Malawi for 3 months. Additionally, she and Wayne just moved to Austin, Texas.  She is now hoping to expand The TALK in this area.  Her passion for pediatrics and motherhood finds a perfect union in her seminars.

Contact

TheTALKbyDenson@gmail.com

101 Colorado St. #2308

Austin, TX 78701

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