1st Edition

Talkabout Sex and Relationships 1
A Programme to Develop Intimate Relationship Skills

ISBN 9781911186205
Published August 1, 2017 by Routledge
294 Pages 57 Color & 58 B/W Illustrations

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Talkabout Sex & Relationships 1 is a comprehensive toolkit for all therapists, educators and support staff who deliver relationship education to people with special needs. It is intended primarily to support groupwork but activities can be easily adapted to suit the needs of individuals with varying abilities.

The resource emphasises the importance of happy, healthy and positive relationships. It looks at the life cycle of a relationship from finding a partner, coping with problems, staying safe and maintaining a relationship to dealing with the potential ending of a relationship.

This toolkit is the first in a two volume set, the second of which will focus on sex. Created by Alex Kelly and Emily Dennis as part of the bestselling Talkabout series, this publication constitutes the most complete and trustworthy set of resources available for groupwork focussing on relationships for people with special needs.

Table of Contents



Topic 1: Getting to know us 

Topic 2: Staying safe 

Topic 3: Introduction to relationships 

Topic 4: Starting a relationship 

Topic 5: Developing relationships  

Topic 6: Coping with problems 

Topic 7: When a relationship ends 

Topic 8: Looking to the future 




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Alex Kelly is a Speech and Language Therapist and has supported people who have difficulties with their social skills, self-esteem and their relationships for thirty years. She is best known as the author of the hugely popular TALKABOUT resources which are practical books to help staff to develop children’s social skills.

Emily Dennis has worked in learning disability since 2008 in a variety of settings; residential, supported living, day services and special education. In 2015 Emily joined Alex Kelly Ltd where she works as a project lead in communication and relationships.

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