Healthy Relationships is a programme for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities. It provides practical tools to build resiliency and to prevent bullying and abuse.
These interactive resources were developed in collaboration with Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, who provided consultation and permission to use copyrighted curriculum and drawings from the Fullpower Teaching Kits.
" 100% of my students have shown improvement "
Funding from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Development and InternetNZ helped further develop, pilot and independently evaluate them.
The hard copy resources consist of three workbooks, each with its own CD for each student, a teacher's guide and posters.
The workbooks contain a total of 40 stories, and the CD's contain the exact same stories, but with animations, voice acting, and interactive decision making, to be used on a projector/ interactive whiteboard in the classroom, or on a Mac/PC at home. The teachers guide is a resource for the teacher that can guide them through every story, the aims, class sessions, roleplays, homework and evaluation.
The Resources Cover:
Saying Stop and Stopping
The experiential, success-based and interactive approach helps the students learn and apply empowerment, self-advocacy, positive social interaction and personal safety skills.
The programme is adaptable for younger ages and effective for a wide range of disabilities, including Autism/Asperger's, Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities; dual diagnosis of developmental disability and severe emotional disturbance; Tourette's Syndrome; post traumatic stress disorder; auditory and/or visual processing disorders; and physical disabilities that limit movement, such as paralysis, and/or that require aids such as walkers, braces, canes, service dogs, and/or manual or motorised wheelchairs.
" It's the shiniest
tool in my cupboard because it is used
most often "
This training is most beneficial to Special Educators, Teacher Assistants, Speech Therapists and allied professionals as well as parents. They learn about the theoretical foundations and practical applications of the programme, how to engage students, how to use fun learning and coaching techniques, how to adapt and use the resources for a wide range of disabilities and how to transfer the skills from the classroom to daily interactions. Participants get effective tools to build a common understanding and culture of respect and successful communication.
Training is offered via Skype or individual workshops.
the Fullpower friends:
Mike, Marama, Mei Lin & Talib
The online resources consist of three interactive movies, a supporter's lounge with posters and a users' guide. The movies contain a total of 40 animated stories, that support voice acting and interactive decision making. They can be displayed on a Mac/PC or on a projector/ interactive whiteboard in the classroom. The users guide is a resource for the supporter or teacher that can guide them through every story, the aims, class sessions, roleplays, homework and evaluation.
The online resources are 100% compatible with the Hardcopy resources, and you can view / play a free demo by clicking here.
The programme helps schools meet the needs of students within Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum, in particular Level One: Health and Physical Education, i.e.
The three recent independent evaluation of the first three years highlight that the programme is held in very high regards by teachers and confirms that the following outcomes are realistic:
" Lisa has grown in confidence through doing the role plays "
Families who trialled the resources with their autistic children reported that:
a) the programme was easy to use
b) their children enjoyed doing the activities
c) their children used the skills in real life
Comments and observations from the parents included the following:
The independent evaluation of the first year by Clarity Research found that the teachers and other school staff where impressed by what they have seen of the programme in Year I (2009) of the two-year project. Some of their comments were:
" This programme
is brilliant! "
They also recorded many reports of young people using the skills to keep safe and to improve relationships, i.e.:
" no other programme does this so simply "
(Clarity Research Report, January 2010, pages 46, 31, 21 and 28)
The independent evaluation of the second year by Impact Research Ltd confirms that there is consistent behaviour change after the programme. It states:
" high quality, easy to follow and enjoyable for students "
(Impact Research Report, January 2011)
students doing a roleplay
The third independent evaluation of the ONLINE resources in December 2011 by Dr Christine Wilson of SAMS (Standards and Monitoring Services) recognises:
The report quotes how a supporter find the programme fulfills a real need: happening in the individual's/groups own life
It also touches on how effective it is for people with autism.
" He's used it out in the environment "
Dr Christine Wilson is keen to work with the programme and to use it as a tool to "open the doors to good research that involves participants at every stage of the research process and is ideally owned by them."
(SAMS Research Report, January 2012, pages 5,10,16,21,23 and p25)