What is Healthy Relationships Curriculum?
A highly adaptable program that teaches challenging life and social skills to school students and older individuals with a variety of needs. This unique program can be implemented both in-person and in remote learning settings.
The curriculum was developed for schools and organizations that support students and individuals with a variety of special needs including, but not limited to autism, developmental and intellectual disabilities, and emotional challenges. This comprehensive curriculum from start to finish encourages participants not only how to pursue and maintain healthy relationships but to find value in doing so.
What ages or grades can benefit from the Curriculum?
The curriculum is designed and encouraged to be used across all grades in a district. We believe that repetition, consistent messaging, and offering a proactive approach is key for the success of the learner or student. Because of this we strongly recommend school districts begin teaching portions of the curriculum as early as elementary school while building on lessons and introducing new lessons with every new grade level. For an understanding of how the lessons can be utilized across a district please view the Scope and Sequence.
With the complex nature of many of these topics, we also believe that older learners can greatly benefit as well. With lessons topics such as consent, consequences to breaking social expectations and norms as well as dating and relationships, we believe that the lesson content and the full curriculum is critical for adult learners as well.
Can schools and districts use CARES Act Funding to purchase the Healthy Relationships Curriculum?
Yes, we realize that many schools and districts think that the funding has to be used on sanitization measures and technology, and rightfully so. But, within the funding requirements, the Healthy Relationships Curriculum would qualify under multiple sections of the CARES Act.
- This educational tool and resource, for your students with disabilities, is directly listed as one of the specifics allowable for use for the K-12 relief funding.
- The Healthy Relationships Curriculum would ensure appropriate guidance to achieve requirements under IDEA and will ensure offering educational services to meet IEP transition goals through both in-person AND remote learning options.
- School leaders, like special education directors and others, can use the CARES Act funding to purchase resources to address the needs of their individual schools and students.
With the uncertainty of in-person classes and how to appropriately achieve on-going learning in virtual environments, the Healthy Relationships Curriculum’s blended learning, digital options will allow schools, teachers, students, and families to excel through whatever the future holds.
Who created the Healthy Relationships Curriculum?
Our team is not your typical “sales” team. We are made up of special education teachers and directors, therapists, school psychologists, and doctors. We are using the Curriculum right now in our school and with our clients. We needed these tools as well to teach our students and clients so we created the Healthy Relationships Curriculum and thought why keep these valuable resources to ourselves. We piloted the Curriculum for four years starting in 2011 and published it in 2015.
Is there training that comes with the Curriculum?
Yes! We don’t like to really think of it as a training but more of a “tips and tricks” from current users of the Curriculum. Each of our trainers is currently using the Curriculum in their classrooms or group sessions and will prepare any user of this program to feel comfortable from day one.
Survey after survey tells us that the training by far is one of the best reasons to purchase this Curriculum for your school or organization. In fact, below is just one response from a special education teacher from Long Island, New York.
“I have to thank you for your amazing training. I have been teaching since 1998 and as a PE teacher since 2002. Your training ranks up in my top three in the past 20 plus years here. I took away so much information and even fostered conversation with my own family about certain issues.
I am super impressed with you as an educator, your intellect on the topics, and your ease of communication with strangers. You made us all feel comfortable. I can not thank you enough for bringing my level of teaching a step higher than where I was.”
What is the myHRC Online Portal?
The myHRC Online Portal allows and encourages a mixture of blended learning. With the myHRC digital platform teachers and facilitators of the curriculum can teach concepts in a traditional classroom or group setting as well as continue the learning remotely. myHRC contains an extensive video library, resources, visuals, checklists, cue cards, and more interactive learning. The myHRC Online Portal is an essential piece of the entire curriculum that allows for learning to continue under almost any scenario or circumstance.
How is the Curriculum sold?
The Healthy Relationships Curriculum is a copyrighted and licensed program packaged & sold in Kits.
Each Curriculum Kit includes:
- Curriculum Teaching Binder with All 39 Lessons Plans
- A myHRC Online Portal Teacher Access
- Unlimited myHRC Student Seats per each Teacher Access
- A Student Hygiene Home Workbook
- Access to All Outcome Measurement Tools
- Pre/Post Testing
- Cue Cards
- Visual Checklists
- Check for Understanding Assessments
- Parental Guide for Success
- Full Video Library (100+ Videos)
- License to Use Materials
- Ongoing Support
How do I teach this program?
We recommend the lessons be taught in small groups by an educator (Special Education, Life Skills, Intervention Specialist, Autistic Support, Phys. Ed., Health, etc.), therapist (mental health, speech, occupational, etc.), social worker, nurse, or anyone else your school or organization feels confident can provide the skills to the groups.
This comprehensive program is taught through:
- Small groups
- Role Plays
- Video modeling
- Parental involvement
- Progress Monitoring
I see that the Curriculum has a video library that can be viewed in and out of classrooms and groups. What do I need to view these videos?
The video library, offering over 100 current videos, is viewable using any internet-connected device. The teacher, instructor, or group leader has access to all the videos at any time. These same videos can be shared with students, parents, or caregivers outside of the classroom or group and can be viewed on any internet-connected device. Teachers or group leaders also have control to share which specific videos that they would like students, parents, or caregivers to beyond the group instruction.
How can I explore the Curriculum to see if it would be a good fit for our school, organization, or program?
We would be pleased to set up a time that best fits your schedule to offer a presentation. We have found that most schools, directors, teachers, clinicians, therapists, and others interested in learning more about this unique program have found incredible value in a short virtual presentation.
A common theme that we hear during these presentations can be summarized by an Ohio special education director who stated, “I never knew anything like this existed. We could have used this for years now. Thank you very much for encouraging me and my staff to take the time to schedule a presentation.”
We will be happy to schedule a time that fits your needs best. We offer in-person if permitted, and virtual presentations using Zoom where you can explore the different lessons, table of content, outcome measurement tools, visuals, and of course our extensive video library!
I am currently using the Curriculum and I have a question or need assistance with the myHRC Online Portal. What should I do?
Our team can support current users that have questions or need assistance with the myHRC Online Portal. You can choose to select the “Support” option located in the menubar once you are logged in to your myHRC account or you can simply just email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much is the Healthy Relationships Curriculum?
With the wide range of students and individuals that could benefit from this Curriculum, the population size differences in schools and organizations, and other unique situations our team works directly with each district, school, organization and develops a quote that not only meets the needs of the teachers, facilitators, group leaders, students, and participants but also works well with budgets and financial stipulations. This Curriculum, which is an enhancement to any special education program or classroom, can be paid for using a wide range of options. Please let us hear about your school or program and we are confident we can develop a quote that meets your specific needs. Contact us now.
I am interested in getting more information about HRC, what is the process?
The first step of the process is to contact a Healthy Relationships Curriculum team member by completing the contact page on our website. Here you will find several options to choose from: 1) Ask a team member a question. 2) Schedule a virtual presentation. 3) Receive a sample packet. The most popular choice by most visitors to our website is to schedule a presentation, but however you would like to learn more about this program one of our team members will be in touch with you shortly.
Can I see a lesson from the Curriculum?
Yes, of course! Just go to our contact page on our website and fill out the Send Me a Sample Packet form. This will then be sent to the Healthy Relationships Curriculum team who will then send you the requested information. However, countless users have told us that scheduling a presentation was the best way to see the full depth of the Curriculum and the full scope of what is covered.
What topics are featured in this program?
The Healthy Relationships Curriculum is built around 3 modules:
- Caring for Myself/Hygiene
- Understanding my Body/Health Education
- Relationship Development/Communication Styles/Social Media Safety/Consent
Around these three topics, 39 lessons were developed with differing lesson topics. To view the full list and the table of contents, please click here.
I forgot my username or password to the myHRC Online Portal. What should I do?
We would be happy to help. Simply just email us directly at email@example.com.
“The Curriculum addresses all of the issues socially, sexually and emotionally that our students do not get with public education. Visuals are great and lessons are scripted well.” -Public Life Skills Educator