Healthy Relationships is a programme developed with and 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.
Four recent independent evaluations 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 "
Several Independent evaluations found that the programme was of high quality, easy to follow and enjoyable for students
- educators and parents liked the easy application;
" This programme
is brilliant! "
" no other programme does this so simply "
- consistent behaviour change was achieved;
" high quality, easy to follow and enjoyable for students "
- it is appropriate to New Zealand and Pacific cultures;
students doing a roleplay
- a real need is met;
- it worked for people with autism;
- There is a 21-year old bully in her school who behaves inappropriately. Lisa has grown in confidence through doing the role plays. She became more forceful and clearer and is now using the skills to stop the bully from touching her.
" He's used it out in the environment "
For the full reports, see
Clarity Research Report, December 2009
Impact Research Report, January 2011
SAMS Research Report, January 2012
SAMS Research Report, May 2013
Report on Trial with Autistic Youth & Families