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WEL207 Skills of Living (8)


This subject develops students' understanding of social skills and human sexuality for persons with developmental disabilities. The whole area of social skills training is of crucial importance to the successful integration of people with disabilities, to enable them to interact in socially appropriate ways with others. The section on human sexuality gives students a sufficient knowledge base and experience of a range of teaching techniques needed to deal positively with issues of sexuality that arise for people with a developmental disability.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- identify the components and issues in appropriate social behaviour;
- define the importance of social skill competence;
- describe the reasons why people with developmental disabilities may experience difficulties with the use of appropriate social skills;
- assess the specific social skills learning needs of someone with a developmental disability;
- determine techniques and procedures for teaching a social skill;
- identify methods of data collection for monitoring progress of the acquisition of social skills;
gain an awareness of the qualities required of a human service educator;
- gain insight into your own feelings, attitudes and values regarding sexuality issues and people with developmental disabilities;
- develop an overview of issues related to working with families;
- gain an understanding of consumers' feelings and thoughts regarding their sexuality and sexual expression; and
- develop an overview of teaching issues and possible frameworks in teaching human sexuality.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Module 1. Social Skills * Social skills development; * The need for social skills training; * Specific issues for people with developmental disabilities; * Components and issues in appropriate behaviour; * Teaching social skills; * Setting objectives; * Techniques and procedures for training; * Methods of data collection for monitoring progress; * Examples of programs. Module 2 Human Sexuality * Developmental disability and human sexuality; * Issues in psycho-sexual development & preventative health; * Reproduction, pregnancy, parenting and contraception; * Sexuality and relationships.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.