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Stephanie Mitelman

Stephanie Mitelman Bercovitch (born February 25, 1976) is a sex education and family life education professor, public speaker, entrepreneur, sex educator, and author specializing in special education, particularly for youth with autism spectrum disorders.[1] She is the owner and creator of Senseez Pillows, a company making vibrating pillows for people with sensory needs, and Sex Ed Mart, a sex education publishing and distribution company specializing in sex education for youth with special needs.[2] Bercovitch also runs a private sex education practice for youth on the autism spectrum, their parents, and couples who are neurologically diverse.[3]

Stephanie Mitelman
Stephanie Mitelman, MA- lowres professional shot.jpg
OccupationPublic speaker, sex educator, entrepreneur, autism advocate
GenreSex education and autism, childhood autism

Bercovitch is currently the only sex educator in Montreal certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.[4] She is a part-time professor of human sexuality at McGill University in the Department of Educational Counselling and Psychology, as well as at Concordia University in the Department of Applied Human Sciences.[5]


Sex educationEdit

Bercovitch founded Sexpressions in 2000, which became Sex Ed Mart in 2017. The company provides sex education for students, and training for teachers and nurses across Canada. She also sells tools and activities to teach about sexual health, including her own publications, through the online Sex Ed Mart marketplace.[6] Through Sexpressions, she wrote and published a full line of teaching tools, including a sexual health trivia game and anatomy posters.[7]

Bercovitch was editor-in-chief of Changes, Changes, Changes: Great Methods for Puberty Education, working with William J. Taverner and associate editors. The book was released in 2014 by the Center for Sex Education in the United States and Sexpressions in Canada.[8] She continues Sexpressions as a private sexuality education services for individuals, couples and families with special needs.

In 2004, Bercovitch and a group she organized re-launched the Sexual Health Network of Quebec (SHNQ) to replace Planned Parenthood Montreal, which had dissolved in 1998. By 2006, SHNQ was affiliated with the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health and, through them, the International Planned Parenthood Federation. They now offer sex education sessions for free to schools across Montreal, and advocate for the re-introduction of mandatory sex education in Quebec.[9][10]

In 2013, Bercovitch was awarded the First Tracks Award for Innovation in Sexology for her work in making sex ed accessible for people on the autism spectrum.[11]

Bercovitch regularly speaks and trains on sex education for people on the autism spectrum. She has given workshops for parents and teachers at conferences and organizations in the United States and Canada, including Montreal's Gold Center and the Southeastern Washington Autism Conference.[12][13]

Senseez PillowsEdit

Bercovitch founded Senseez Pillows in 2012, after making the first vibrating pillow in her basement to help her son with his special needs.[14] The company quickly grew, creating pillows for children with sensory needs, particularly those with autism, ADHD, and sensory processing disorder. In 2013, Bercovitch appeared on CBC's Dragon's Den web episodes, successfully pitching her pillows to investors.[15] Working with Lekotek in 2014, Bercovitch helped demonstrate the clinical benefits of the pillows and their vibration as a therapeutic and occupational therapy tool for youth on the autism spectrum. The study found that Senseez helped in daily life for 72% of the participating children.[16]

Bercovitch received 2015 Gold Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year for her success with Senseez Pillows.[17] She and Senseez Pillows were featured on the cover of Montreal Families Magazine in March 2016.[18]


  1. ^ McGill Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology: Stephanie Mitelman Earns 2013 First Tracks Award for Innovation in Sexology
  2. ^ Pediatric Safety: Senseez Pillows
  3. ^ Children's Autism Services of Edmonton 7th Annual Conference Brochure and Registration Archived 2014-06-06 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Concordia Department of Sociology and Anthropology: Stephanie Mitelman
  5. ^ Concordia Department of Applied Human Sciences: Stephanie Mitleman
  6. ^ Children's Autism Services of Edmonton 7th Annual Conference Brochure and Registration Archived 2014-06-06 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Concordia Department of Sociology and Anthropology: Stephanie Mitelman
  8. ^ Bill Taverner, Changes, Changes, Changes Forward
  9. ^ Sexual Health Network of Quebec: History
  10. ^ International Planned Parenthood Foundation: Canada
  11. ^ First Tracks Award for Innovation in Sexology
  12. ^ "Centre Gold". Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  13. ^ "11th Annual Southeastern Washington Autism Conference". Eventful. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  14. ^ Pediatric Safety: Senseez Pillows
  15. ^ CBC's Dragon's Den: Senseez Pitch
  16. ^ Senseez: Clinical trial
  17. ^ 2015 Stevie® Awards for Women in Business Winners
  18. ^ Montreal Families: Montreal mom invents cushion that helps kids sit still

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