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Puberty Talk

 

Health Connected's Puberty Talk curriculum is a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum designed to educate 5th and 6th grade students about sexuality, sexual health, and the changes that 10-13 year olds may face during puberty. This sequential, 5 session curriculum is intended to be delivered over the course of one week.

In 2021, Puberty Talk was completely revised to incorporate:

  • Trauma-informed and healing-centered instructional practices

  • New optional activities on healthy friendships and media representation

  • Identity mapping and discussion of intersectionality and discrimination

  • Re-imagined spectrum of puberty changes to acknowledge body/gender identity diversity

  • Additional background information for instructors to help facilitate sensitive conversations (glossary of terms, answers to common questions, sample scripts)

Core components of the Puberty Talk curriculum include:

 

  • Consists of 5 sessions intended to be taught for a minimum of 5 hours (over 1 week)

  • Establishes a foundation and common language for communicating about sexual health with parents/trusted adults, peers, and future partners

  • Helps students identify resources (e.g., parents/trusted adults, school personnel, health care providers)

  • Incorporates parent/trusted adult interview homework assignment on puberty topics

  • Encourages parent and trusted adult communication

  • Gender inclusive language

  • Variety of pedagogical approaches to maximize engagement for different learners

  • Meets the stringent requirements of the California Healthy Youth Act (CA Education Code sections 51930-51939)

  • Is aligned with the California Health Content Standards and California Health Framework

  • Check out our FAQs for Puberty Talk to learn even more