Specially designed for teaching adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, the STARS model focuses on four areas: Understanding Relationships, Social Skills Training, Sexual Awareness, and Assertiveness—with the goals of promoting positive sexuality and preventing sexual abuse. Assessment tools help identify the strengths and needs of each individual, and then the activities can be catered to address specific needs.
Goals and activities cover a variety of important skills:
Building a Positive Self-Image
Learning Relationship-Appropriate Behaviors
Engaging in Mature Relationships
Identifying Body Parts and Understanding Their Functions
Understanding Public and Private Behavior
Understanding Sexual Feelings and Behaviors
Health Issues Related to Sexual Awareness
Recognizing a Situation as Potentially Unsafe
Learning to Say “No” and Using Basic Self-Protection
And many more!