by Amy Torchia, Children’s Advocacy Coordinator, Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
WholeSomeBodies is a curriculum for adults who have children and youth in their lives—such as parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors. There are several trainers in Vermont who have the skills to bring this opportunity to you, your school, your parent community, etc.
Through the course, participants are able to…
• increase their knowledge of healthy sexuality and
• increase their skills and motivation to model and teach healthy sexuality to the youth and children in their lives.
Anyone can be a participant or leader of our workshops. All you need is curiosity about how we form and communicate our sense of sexuality, both individually and as a culture, and a desire to support a cultural shift toward healthy sexuality. If you are interested in finding out about more about WholeSomeBodies, please contact the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
For a little taste of what’s in store, here is one of many ‘Making the Connection’ handouts for participants. This one is about fun and tangible ways to help the children and youth (and yourself) remain connected to their senses.
Making the Connection: Sensual Feast
Children and youth are sensual beings, we all are! We learn about the world through our senses —seeing, hearing, tasting touching, and smelling. When we are young children, this is how we learn and connect to the world. This is also how we derive pleasure, from our caregiver’s touch, from our first foods and soft toys. Somehow, as we grow up, we move away from our sensual world and into one driven by schedules and responsibilities, school and work, raising kids and relationships; Continue reading