Since 1998 the San Luis Obispo County Child Abuse Prevention Council (SLO-CAP) has managed the delivery of Talking About Touching (TAT) presentations for Kindergarten, 2nd grade and Special Needs students in San Luis Obispo County.
Every year over 2,500 children receive a TAT presentation taught by a qualified Educator and learn assertiveness skills and model how to ask for help if they have a problem. Studies show that these are key skills lacking in children at risk for abuse. The lesson content varies according to the grade level, and the skills targeted for practice are developmentally appropriate. At all grade levels, TAT provides opportunities for skill practice and transfer of learning. In addition, a parent meeting is offered at each school so families learn ways to talk with their children about personal safety; increase their understanding of child abuse concerns and pose questions about this sensitive topic.
Talking About Touching presentations are free of charge to all interested schools and community organizations
SLO-CAP constantly seeks private donations and grants so Talking About Touching presentations are free of charge to all interested schools and community organizations including training for childcare providers and parent education groups. At SLO-CAP, we strive to improve and strengthen the county-wide delivery of the TAT program by working together with Principals, Teachers, Parents and our community partners. In addition, we align the TAT activities with the following guidelines established by the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.
Talking About Touching Educators: Mary Theilsher & Sharon Bromby