Talkabout Sex and Relationships 1: A Programme to Develop Intimate Relationship Skills, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Talkabout Sex and Relationships 1

A Programme to Develop Intimate Relationship Skills, 1st Edition

By Alex Kelly, Emily Dennis


294 pages | 57 Color Illus. | 58 B/W Illus.

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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




About the Authors

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.

About the Series


This bestselling series teaches social, emotional and communication skills for all ages. Written by a Speech and Language Therapist with years of experience working with children and adults with social difficulties, each practical workbook provides a clear programme of activities targeted to improve social skills. The topics are divided into manageable sessions with a range of activities, worksheets and handouts, and each session is introduced with lesson objectives and guidance on how to best use the materials. Ideal for use individually or in group sessions, the resources can be photocopied and evaluation sheets and record forms are provided.

Each book contains:

  • Engaging and practical resources
  • An initial assessment to decide which level needs to be taught
  • Numerous structured activity sessions
  • Planning and evaluation forms to make the most of the sessions
  • Full illustrations throughout

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General

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