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Assertive Communication...(Not Aggressive, Passive or Manipulative)
Communication is crucial to health relationships and assertive communication is the basis for good communication to to realistic situations is the key component of this teaching strategy.  Eight situations are provided with examples of assertive behavior statements.  Paired within these are examples of aggressive, passive and manipulative statements providing a measure of why assertive communication is more effective that the three negative communication techniques.  Recognizing negative communication is on of the first steps toward acknowledging the effectiveness of assertive communication.  This is an introductory role-playing activity suitable for middle or early high school.   MasterKit includes four laminated posting signs, Overhead master for definitions/mini-lecture, Instructions & Answer Key, Eight (8) situation cards each with four (4) statements cards of each of the communication techniques:  Assertive, Aggressive, Passive and Manipulation. (laminated)

​MasterKit:  $40.00
COMMUNICATION
Have I Got a Deal for You!  Practicing Refusal Skills:  Sexual Health Issues
Situations specific to sexual health and refusal skills are developed in this interactive group strategy.  Two sets of cards are dealt to group members.  The first set of cards are situations that indicate the problems and how the person views the need to say no or refuse to continue in the situation.  The second set of cards are numbered to respond to situation cards and indicate one or more types of refusal skills the person is to use:  Act Confident, Use Humor, Give an Excuse, Plan Your Exit, Suggest an Alternative, Delay your Decision, or options of a combination of those.  A students reads the situation, and the student with the corresponding numbered refusal card has to respond to the situation "on the spot" or with help, by using the refusal method indicated on their card.  Groups of 4 practice two types of methods per person. Student groups discuss each situation based on provided criteria:  Is the relationship important? Did the answer preserve the dignity of all involved?  Showed respect, strength of answer.  Would the answer get the desired result?  MasterKit includes:  8 sets of situation cards and refusal skill cards (laminated), refusal skills overhead masters, After Questions overhead master, Instructions and Teaching Tips, Group interaction overhead masters.   Also available for ATOD.  

MasterKit:  $35.00
MasterKit includes materials for one group of students, instructions, teaching tips, and answer keys.  Strategies with only MasterKits are to be used as blackline masters OR as a classroom set requiring no additional groups. 

An ExKit includes materials for one or more additional groups and are available at a lower cost. Requires MasterKit for instructions, answer keys and overhead masters.    
GrandMaster includes a MasterKit and additional ExKits for some strategies to include materials for a class of 32-36 students.  Lowers the cost even more.  Available for some strategies only.  
Strategies for Avoiding Intercourse
How might someone try to talk me into having sex with them?  This activity is based on lines high school student have used, or heard.  Lines included realistic examples of ways a person might try to talk someone into having intercourse, as well as examples of ways adolescents might refuse.  More than one activity is possible with these cards, although the main activity is based on "Strategies For Seeking and Avoiding Sexual Intercourse".  Four different sets are available with a total of 36 different lines.  Each MasterKit includes: Strategies List, 36 Sample Line Cards (4 groups), 9 Strategies Title Cards to match with lines, Teaching Tips/Instructions, and alternate use recommendations.

MasterKit: $10.00