Let's be open about...
Are you a parent or carer for a young person with an intellectual disability?
Do you want to start early with conversations about safety, pleasure, and consent that set them up to be sexually safe and healthy adults?
It’s ALL possible, with Open Book Projects Relationships and Sexuality Program.
We will show you how!
Many people assume that if someone has a disability they don't need any relationships and sexuality education. Actually, the complete opposite is true and the more information we can give them the safer and healthier they will be.
Whether it's helping them to look after their bodies, learning protective behaviours, understanding healthy relationships, or expressing themselves sexually - everyone has a right to this information. Many people with intellectual disability will have sexual experiences with themselves and others and starting earlier with tailored information is an important skill of daily living.
When you sign up to a plan with Open Book Project you just let us know that you would like the disability-friendly resources when you get to the information page.
The Unique Edition plan is the same as 'Let's work together' with adaptations to ensure you and your young person get the most out of the sessions you choose and they can learn along with same-age peers from home!.
Imagine how you would feel if...
You knew your kids could use protective behaviours to minimise the risk of abuse.
You knew that if something did happen your child could communicate with you.
Your child understood how their body worked and was able to communicate with you about it feeling safe and feeling hurt.
You could talk about relationships and sexuality with ease and confidence!
Research has shown that children who receive quality relationships and sexuality education from an early age make healthier life long decisions about their bodies, relationships, and boundaries.
Is this something you would like for your children?
Beginning your journey doesn’t have to mean drastic changes. In fact, once you understand what you need to talk about for this age group and how to talk about it in fun and shame-free ways you are already on your way.
Perhaps you haven’t known where to start or are nervous you'll say the wrong thing?
Are you struggling with the talking about child safety because you are a survivor?
"Each week gain the confidence to take on harder topics, learning along with your child"
Over the 10 weeks of Term 2 we will cover a wide range of topics that meet the Australian Curriculum standards. The topics for children with disability are the same as their peers. The difference is the use of images, social stories, and language to support your family.
At Open Book Projects we are passionate about relationships and sexuality and spend a lot of time learning about how that looks at different ages and stages.
In particular how consent looks and feels, because we want people to understand their right to be safe and to have the skills to support that. That also means that we are committed to the prevention of sexual abuse.
No child should experience harm and teaching them about the risks in a fun and empowering way is the best approach.
Are you ready to become an open book for your family?
Open Book Project’s Term 2 Relationships and Sexuality Program IS YOUR SOLUTION!!
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