Net Exchange Response
Title: Needed: Human sexuality curriculum for special populations
Date Posted: 8/16/2005
Question: "Do you have information on any human sexuality curriculum that could be used by
high schoolers in special education or who are developmentally disabled/emotionally challenged.
We are looking for something that would instill values, provide information on safe sex, and deal
with choices/judgements. "
Look at the Quick Find online clearinghouse topic on "Teen Pregnancy and Prevention" at
For general info on mental health curriculum (related to instilling values, providing info, and
dealing with choices/judgements), take a look at the Quick Find topic "Mental Health
Curriculum" at http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/qf/p2311_01.htm
For specific populations, there are a variety of published resources. We, of course, make no
recommendations about commercial materials. The following are offered as examples for
- "Healthy Teens: Facing the Challenges of Young Lives" (by Alice R. McCarthy, Ph.D. –
for General and Special Education Teachers; published by Sopris West –
Discusses how to establish good relationships with their children and students by providing
consistent discipline, personal involvement, guidance, and academic opportunity. Advocates
open discussion of difficult subjects (e.g., sexuality, substance abuse, and violence) as well as
guidelines for safety and lifestyle to help parents and educators form bonds with the adolescents
in their lives and encourage community and school involvement. Has more than 500 annotated
listings of additional book, organizational, and Web site resources. (Price 15.95 )
"Learning about life curriculum" (published by a special education publisher – see
http//www.nasco.com or call 800-558-9595) This is an illustrated sexual education and social
skills program covering puberty, dating, pregnancy, STDs.
"Talking Sex! Practical Approaches and Strategies for Working with People Who Have
Developmental Disabilities When the Topic is Sex." (by Lisa Maurer, Planned Parenthood of
Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY. 314 West State St. Ithaca, NY 14850. Phone 607-273-1526, ext.
Submit a request or comment now.
UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools
Dept. of Psychology, P.O.Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ web: http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu