Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities Resources
Healthy Sexuality and Relationships Resources
Social Skills Education Resources
The Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Disability Resource Guide 2011.
Excellent 27-page resource guide of many curricula, videos, etc. Published by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (MDDS). http://www.mass.gov/Eeohhs2/docs/dph/com_health/prevention/hrhs_sexuality_and_disability_resource_guide.pdf
“The Birds, the Bees and Me” for Girls
Tom McCaffrey (2003)
This highly acclaimed, award-winning educational video is designed for use with pre-teens and features a young adult talking about puberty and sex and childbirth. Good resource for introducing the topic and breaking the ice. $24.95; ASIN: 0972928413; The National Training Organization for Child Care Providers (NTOCCP LTD.), Phone: (303) 840-1997; Website: www.birdsandbeesvideo.com (Also available at Amazon.com)
“The Birds, the Bees and Me” for Boys
Tom McCaffrey (2003)
This highly acclaimed, award-winning educational video is designed for use with pre-teens and features a young adult talking about puberty and sex and childbirth. Good resource for introducing the topic and breaking the ice. $24.95; ASIN: 0972928405; The National Training Organization for Child Care Providers (NTOCCP LTD.), Phone: (303) 840-1997; Website: www.birdsandbeesvideo.com (Also available at Amazon.com)
Connecting with Others: Lessons for Teaching Social and Emotional Competence Grades 9-12
Rita Coombs-Richardson & Charles Meisgeier (2001)
This is the final installment in an enjoyable K-12 curriculum series designed to promote the development of self-advocacy, communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills in young people. Geared toward the adolescent, this volume offers 40 learning activities that consider cultural, ethnic and gender diversity and help to prepare adolescents for the transition to adulthood.
$39.95; ISBN: 0878224645; Research Press Dept. 25W, P.O. Box 9177 Champaign, IL 61826; Phone: (217) 352-3273, (800) 519-2707; Fax: (217) 352-1221. Website: www.researchpress.com
Social Skills Come to Life™ (2010). Produced By Model Me Kids, LLC. Rockville, MD
Model Me Kids® videos demonstrate social skills by modeling peer behavior at school, on a play date, at a birthday party, on the playground, at a library, at the dentist, restaurant, and more. Real children model and narrate each skill. DVDs for ages 2-17.
Designed as a teaching tool for children, adolescents, and teenagers with Autism, Aspergers, PDD-NOS, Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NVLD or NLD), and developmental delays, the videos are used by parents, teachers, and therapists. The videos are also helpful for teaching children with developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome.
Baker, J. (2006). Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond, Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.
The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond offers a visual learning format. Photos of actual students engaging in a wide variety of social situations show, rather than tell, the right (and wrong) ways to interact in different circumstances. They visually illustrate the positive and negative consequences of both ways of interacting. The book also offers instructions for students & families to create their own social skills booklets. The social skills address real-life situations that are important to teens, such as: making new friends, asking someone out on a date, doing difficult schoolwork, interviewing for a job, and more.
Social Signals DVD and Curriculum
Teaching adolescents about intimate and romantic relationships is complex but necessary to keep them safe from sexual abuse or contact with the criminal justice system because of a misunderstanding or lack of knowledge.
Middle and high school students with autism, Asperger’s and intellectual disabilities want friends, boyfriends and girlfriends just like their peers.
Adolescents will have friendships and romantic relationships. Because of this, we have a responsibility to teach them how to have these relationships in a safe and healthy way.
- The ONLY social skills curriculum with lessons designed around professionally made videos
- Teaches middle and high school students the difference between a crush and stalking
- Students learn unwritten social rules of middle and high school
- Engaging lessons and fun videos are designed to motivate students
- Students practice new skills by writing their own scripts and making their own videos
- Try a free sample lesson or review the curriculum table of contents and pages 7 and 8 description of lessons and videos
- · In the Social Signals curricula, students will learn important relationship skills as basic as “How do you know if someone is your friend?” and as advanced as identifying “what is and what is not flirting”
Retrieved 10/25/11 from https://socialsignalsed.com
Eliminate the demeaning use of the R-word.
The effects of the R-word on people with ID and their families and friends
Students from the University of Kansas help 'Spread the Word to End the Word.'
“Everyone has a gift and the world would be better off if we recognized it.” – Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics.
The R-word is the word 'retard(ed)'. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. The R-word is hate speech. See why supporters think the R-Word is hurtful when used in jokes or as part of everyday speech.
How "retardation" went from a clinical description to a word of derision
When they were originally introduced, the terms “mental retardation” or “mentally retarded” were medical terms with a specifically clinical connotation; however, the pejorative forms, “retard” and “retarded” have been used widely in today’s society to degrade and insult people with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, when “retard” and “retarded” are used as synonyms for “dumb” or “stupid” by people without disabilities, it only reinforces painful stereotypes of people with intellectual disabilities being less valued members of humanity.
Not Acceptable PSA video - http://www.r-word.org/r-word-not-acceptable-psa.aspx
The Sparkle Effect
The Sparkle Effect is an innovative, student-run program that helps students across the country create cheerleading and dance teams that include students with disabilities. We provide everything that's needed, including our Quick Start Kit and peer mentoring. We also have grants available for uniforms and we provide free on-site training. Teams like the Sparkles are starting nationwide, so learn more and get started today!
When Everyone Cheers, Everyone Wins
- · Cheerleaders and dancers feel inspired by mentoring others.
- · Students with disabilities gain confidence as they participate in activities with peers.
- · The student body and greater community experience the spirit of acceptance and inclusion.
Retrieved 10/12/11 from http://www.thesparkleeffect.org
Think College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Think College is an initiative of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. ICI has been a leader in the area of postsecondary education for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for over ten years. As interest in postsecondary education for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities has expanded, so has the need for research and training in this area. ICI currently has three federal grants designed to conduct research, training, and technical assistance for professionals, families, and students related to postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
View a short thought provoking video about college and people with intellectual disabilities, http://thinkcollege.net/think-college-documentary