Rainbow Centre Training & Consultancy

Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development in Children with Developmental Disabilities

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Course Synopsis

All children, regardless of abilities, should have access to quality sexuality and relationship education so that they may grow to be sexually safe and healthy adults.

Human sexuality is not a topic that is often discussed publicly, so the programme will begin by acknowledging and addressing the discomfort and embarrassment that often goes along with the subject matter. Participants will then be provided with the background information necessary for understanding human sexuality and how it is an integral part of who we are as human beings. We’ll look at children’s behaviours that may appear odd, but that are, in fact, normal, typical, and to be expected.

After that, we’ll turn to all things practical. Participants will first learn how to set the stage for constructive conversations and interactions. Then we’ll look at approaches and activities they can use to cover specific topics. Finally, participants will learn how to respond calmly and correctly to sexual questions, comments, and behaviours, no matter how unexpected they may be.

Participants can expect a good mix of lecture, small-group activities, and large-group discussions in a comfortable and informal setting. Time has been set aside at the end of each session for Questions & Answers, but questions are welcome at any time.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the stages of sexual development from birth to eighteen years old, and how and why sexual development is affected by developmental disabilities
  • Understand how their own values and attitudes can affect their ability to discuss sexuality with their students.
  • Respond appropriately to the sexual questions, comments, and behaviors of their students.
  • Respond appropriately when a student discloses sexual abuse.
  • Use concrete strategies to prevent sexual abuse from happening in the first place.
  • Appreciate the scope of topics that need to be covered in order to give students the information and skills they’ll need to become sexually healthy adults.
  • Draw from effective strategies when teaching or talking with students about human sexuality.