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ERIC Number: ED309597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching the Mentally Handicapped To Avoid Sexual Exploitation.
Fisher, Gary L.; And Others
Existing curricula on prevention of sexual exploitation for non-mentally handicapped children are not appropriate for the mentally retarded. Curricula specifically designed for special needs students include the "Special Education Curriculum on Sexual Exploitation" for mildly handicapped students and "Self-Protection for the Handicapped" for moderately/severely mentally handicapped students. To implement the curricula in a school district requires that administrator approval be acquired, that teachers receive inservice training, and that parents preview curriculum materials and air their concerns. Actual teaching of sexual abuse prevention curriculum can then take place. Instruction should occur in a group rather than in an individualized format, in 30- to 45-minute sessions each day for 24 weeks, using materials adapted to meet the needs of the particular students. It is important that concepts and skills be mastered before discussion of exceptions occurs. The efficacy of the curricula was evaluated by placing trained and untrained students in potentially exploitative simulations. The trained students performed significantly better than untrained students, indicating that classroom training generalized to perceived realistic situations. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A