Special Needs Curriculum
The Lauren’s Kids foundation is dedicated to preventing childhood sexual abuse through education, awareness, and advocacy. Unfortunately, one of the populations that is most vulnerable to abuse is children with developmental disabilities. More than 90 percent of people, both male and female, with developmental disabilities will be sexually abused at some point in their lives, and 49 percent will experience 10 or more abuse incidents in their lives. Children who are dependent on other adults for their care and may not be able to verbalize their experiences are most vulnerable and susceptible to abuse.
As part of its Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum, Lauren’s Kids created specialized lesson plans for educators, including resources for parents, that specifically cater to the needs of children with special needs. The curriculum includes engaging lesson plans that incorporate visual aids to educate children about the importance of body boundaries and personal safety and encourages children to develop a handful of trusted adults. The framework integrates with current autism models and focuses on children recognizing facial cues and situational circumstances to determine what action should be taken to protect themselves.
Sex offenders often target children who are withdrawn from their peers, have chaotic home lives, or have parents who need help with childcare. Children with disabilities are often targets of abuse, especially if they have challenges communicating or if they need help with personal hygiene tasks such as using the bathroom or bathing. In addition, children with some disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, may be extremely affectionate, even with strangers, making them targets for abuse. By making sure that the most vulnerable children are taught personal safety lessons, we can ensure that the number of children who experience the horrors of sexual abuse continues to decline.
The Kit Includes:
- Introductory Educator Letter
- Parent Letter
- DVD: Parent Video and Educator Video
- 10 Scenario Cards