Welcome to February! Well, we have made it through another month of winter. Punxsutawney Phil, the infamous Pennsylvania groundhog who predicts whether or not we will bypass winter and jump straight to spring, had sadly informed us that the cold and snow is here to stay for a while. On this chilly day, we’d like to take some time to address another common question about the Healthy Relationships Curriculum as promised in our last blog. Who benefits from the Healthy Relationships Curriculum?
As we shared previously, our curriculum’s 37 lessons are easily adaptable by the instructor. They have been written in such a way that will support children, adolescents and young adults whose varying diagnosis or ability presents challenges in their capability or sometimes their desire to practice good hygiene, understand physical and/or emotional changes in their bodies, and to initiate or develop safe, meaningful and healthy relationships.
Originally designed as a curriculum that provided benefit to young children and adolescents with a form of autism or other pervasive developmental disorder, over the years our curriculum has been used to teach healthy habits to elementary school students and relationship development to young adults in post-secondary or vocational settings. Those include and are not limited to young adults who face:
- A Behavioral or a Mental Health Disorder
- Emotional Disturbance
- Global Developmental Delay
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Juvenile Deliquency
- Social Pragmatic Disorder
Whatever an individual’s age or challenge may be, data collected and outcomes measured by our team show improvement within all three general areas upon completion of the coursework. Some of those outcomes include, and are by no means limited to:
- Practicing healthy hygiene habits (daily showers, proper tooth brushing, bedroom organization)
- Understanding the difference between a friend, an acquaintance and a bully
- How to use social media safely and appropriately
- Engaging in small talk and when to use private talk
- Respecting personal space and social boundaries
- Perceiving appropriate physical affection for different relationships
An old proverb says “there is no harm in asking” – and we wholeheartedly agree! If you aren’t sure if the Healthy Relationships Curriculum is right for your classroom, group or practice, we are here to answer those questions for you. Click on the Contact Us page to request a sample packet, ask a question, or to schedule a presentation for your team. When you schedule a presentation with us before 4/30/18, your team will qualify for our “Healthy New Year” offer and can earn a curriculum binder for FREE with any purchase of the starter pack and license. The time to ask questions is now!