“Circles has become a standard teaching tool in sex education programs for the developmentally disabled.” – Winifred Kempton, MSW
Safer Ways AIDS Prevention will bring your students current information on avoiding and treating communicable diseases.
Circles: Safer Ways is made up of two parts:
Part 1: Communicable Disease and Casual Contact
This module lays the foundation of basic facts about germs and the transmission of communicable diseases such as colds and flus by casual contact in a variety of Circle relationships. Cornerstones of good hygiene and sanitation for disease control are emphasized in this portion of the program. Steps that can be taken to lessen the chances of catching a communicable disease are clearly illustrated. The positive aspects of casual contact are stressed in order to discourage social isolation. Information regarding HIV/AIDS prevention is addressed by presenting stories that reassure students that AIDS is not transmitted via casual contact. Four dramatized sequences model good health habits and provide the necessary readiness for the sensitive information in Part 2.
Part 2: STDs, AIDS, and Intimate Contact
This module explains the difference between casual and intimate contact. It also promotes positive decision-making, including abstinence, to best avoid STDs and AIDS. Real-life dramatic sequences present young people making decisions that help them stay healthy. Myths regarding transmission of diseases are dispelled and risk factors are clearly illustrated in this program. You’ll receive both general and explicit versions of how AIDS and STDs are contracted, and the various means of AIDS prevention, so you can decide which level is most appropriate for your students and community.