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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 five-session curriculum is intended to be delivered over one week.

Puberty Talk was completely revised in 2021 to incorporate the following:

  • 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

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