ERIC Number: ED432842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Talking Sex! Practical Approaches and Strategies for Working with People Who Have Developmental Disabilities When the Topic Is Sex.
Maurer, Lisa T.
This guidebook provides information, activities, and overheads to help educators better understand approaches and strategies toward making sexuality education more accessible to persons with developmental disabilities. Chapter 1, "How Do I Start? Where Do I Start?," discusses providing accurate, age appropriate, and useful sexuality education. Chapter 2, "Why Do I Do This?," examines effects of sexuality education for people with developmental disabilities. The following chapter, "Who Is My Audience?," provides different definitions of developmental disabilities. Chapter 4, "What Might Slow Me Down," explores barriers to effective teaching and finding out the best available learning channels. Chapter 5, "How Do We Learn What We Know," discusses adaptive activities and the difficulties that people with developmental disabilities have in adapting to new situations. The next chapter, "Why is S/He Doing That?," explains the importance of making abstract ideas more concrete. The final chapter, "What Do I Say? How Do I Say It?," provides a framework for preparing and exploring sexuality and social skills education. Activities are provided for exploring feelings, paradigms, and levels of comfort. A list of resources is included. An appendix includes an historical overview of the history of society's attitudes toward people with developmental disabilities and sexuality. Contains 15 references. (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Family Life Education, Learning Activities, Learning Strategies, Mental Retardation, Sex Education, Sexuality, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County, Education and Training Dept., 314 West State St., Ithaca, NY 14850; Tel: 607-273-1526, ext. 126; Web site: http://www.sextalk.org ($40).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY.