According to the PACER Center, children and teenagers with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their peers. Bullying can affect a student’s self-esteem, confidence, social life, relationships, mental health, and overall well-being. As a special education teacher with over 20 years of classroom experience, October holds a special place in my heart as Bullying Prevention Month.
Students deserve to feel confident and empowered both in and out of the classroom regardless of their abilities, which is exactly where our Healthy Relationships Curriculum can help teach students to feel more confident in who they are at the same time.
We understand that special education and life skills transcend what one might think of when it comes to traditional education. Healthy Relationships covers topics like hygiene, dating, using social media safely, privacy, and even the differences between friends, acquaintances, and bullies. Healthy Relationships is built around understanding the importance of using visuals and alternate means of learning, which is why it includes nearly 200 demonstration & role-play videos, over 60 scenario cards to help students practice real-life skills, and fun, interactive role-playing games to act out the lessons.
The overall purpose of special education is to teach students the critical life skills they need to succeed. For special educators, sometimes this can be a heavy lift, especially when teaching students with various needs. Luckily, this program not only has learning tools, but also built-in supports from other special educators ready to help you tackle many of the challenges you may face.
Some tools and features of the program include:
- Role Plays, Demonstrations, and Life-Skills Activity demonstrations allow students to practice the skills they learned during their lessons through real-life scenarios.
- Visuals to help teach complex topics.
- Online Progress Monitoring Tools to consistently measure, assess and compare skill levels.
In all my years in education, I’ve never encountered a program designed to support students and educators at the same time, but Healthy Relationships makes it possible and so much less stressful when it comes to finding the right curriculum for your students. Please review our sample lessons and request a free demonstration of the Healthy Relationships to learn more about how this program could benefit your students.
Author: Jen Falkowski, MEd — Supervisor of Special Education