Students with developmental disabilities are often the victims of abuse. This teacher guide will help you teach young adults critical social skills and build their self-esteem so that they can make informed choices with their bodies. Teach your student the STARS model so that they can: understand relationships, build social skills, gain sexual awareness, and learn to be assertive.
The STARS model develops skills that promote positive sexuality and prevent sexual abuse. Assessment tools help identify the strengths and needs of each individual, and then suggest teaching activities that can be catered to address specific needs. Topics covered include: building a positive self-image, identifying body parts and understanding their functions, public vs. private behavior, sexual feelings, reproduction, learning to say no, basic self-protection, health issues related to sex, potential unsafe situations, and more. This is a great resource for teachers, therapists, and family members.