We aim to help children with intellectual development delay as well as sensory impairments (visual/ auditory or both) learn personal safety and sexuality etiquette in non inclusive as well as inclusive settings. We do this by helping parents and teachers become acquainted with our inhouse, innovative product – The Suvidha Kit
For sessions for parents/ teachers at your institution please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Why we developed the Suvidha Kit
Children with intellectual disabilities are at slightly greater risk of sexual abuse than disabled children in general, who in turn were at 3.14 times greater risk of experiencing sexual abuse than non-disabled children.
All children, irrespective of the ‘normalcy’ of their neural or physical development have a right to safety and dignity. Personal safety education for prevention and early reporting of sexual abuse is their right. Information and discussion on sexuality helps adolescents navigate puberty with dignity. However Indian parents and teachers lack the skills and materials to do this in a culturally acceptable and age appropriate manner.
Enfold launched the Suvidha Project in Nov 2016 with the aim to help teachers, trainers, parents and caregivers break age old taboos, become comfortable with the topic of sexuality and discuss responsible sexual behaviour with the adolescent, as well as help very young children learn personal safety in a comfortable, non threatening manner.
The teaching learning Suvidha Kit has :
Status of the Suvidha Kit as of March 2018: All of the above components have been completed. The Manual is being reviewed by experts and the prototype kit is under testing in various centers across India
Bangalore – Bubbles Center for Autism, Baldwin Opportunity School, Tamahar Trust
Jaipur – Disha Center for Disabilities, Umang
Noida Step by Step School
Gandhi Nagar – Delhi Public School
New Delhi – TARSHI is reviewing the Suvidha Manual.
Kuwait – The International School
We aim to train 20 Personal Safety and Sexuality Educators for Children with Intellectual Disability, Visual and/ or Auditory Impairment. They will be able to train or guide other staff in their institution or elsewhere, as well as support parents in using the Suvidha Kit. These educators could spread the word about the kit to other institutions in different cities and towns.
To enroll for this training program, please contact email@example.com.
The results of pre-test and post- test on the activities show a positive change in knowledge of children and attitude and behaviour of parents and teachers.
From anecdotal accounts from teachers and parents it appears that Personal Safety and Sexuality Etiquettes can be taught in an inclusive school or home setting.
Parents can reinforce the learning at home for neuro-atypical as well as neuro-normative children.
“The Suvidha Kit is one of a kind aid and in my opinion not just for special needs children also for all the kids .it is high time that kids should be made aware to avoid abuse.”
“I find the social story books are very well illustrated and explained. They tackle a wide range of topics relevant to our growing young adults with sensitivity. The books help us with behaviour modification strategies in easy steps by way of listing our acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. On the whole a great resource to have – thanks a lot!”
“It will be helping my daughter for more understanding. As she is a girl, I had a very big fear of how to make her understand about menstruation and the body changes. But after seeing the materials, I got confident in myself to teach her. Thanks a lot for such help and giving confidence to parents.”
“The material is very thoughtfully made according to the needs of special kids. It is in the form of pictures which makes it easy to understand. A very useful kit for parents to educate their kids about all the appropriate social etiquettes and behaviours . It is also very handy in teaching personal hygiene and safety.”
“The materials cover areas where we find very few resources to work with. These are important areas that we need to address and this is done in a way that is visually appealing and helps the children understand in a way that isn’t overwhelming for them. I have started working on these with my daughter and she is very interested in going through the visuals as they give her the feeling of a story. All the same, it is depicted in such a way that the children are able to understand the concepts and use them in their day to day lives. I think what is significant is that it is all conveyed in a scientific yet lucid way for ease of understanding. Overall very useful!”
“The materials contain appropriate visuals that children can relate to. They are written in a simplistic style using keywords that are important for their comprehension. They assist parents and caretakers to address these important issues using pictures that makes it more interesting for the child.”
Chief Co-ordinator of a Special Needs School, Bengaluru
“The Suvidha Kit for testing is quite elaborate and easy to administer. It has detailed out sexuality education in a manner that teachers understand how to teach students and has made their planning easy. It is a comprehensive kit also detailing out activities along with the materials to be used. We look forward to incorporating it into our syllabus.”