IVDU LI just launched a new personal safety initiative created by Magenu and especially developed with a special education population in mind. The program aims to cover important personal safety rules and teach students important skills about how to keep themselves safe. The goal is to educate students about themselves and to teach more danger and safety awareness when out in the community.
Led by the counseling team, the weekly lessons are taught during the social skills groups, and weekly skills are shared with parents to help review with their children at home. Topics that we are covering are private versus public behaviors, stranger danger, and safe versus unsafe touch.
Having undergone a specialized training by Dr. Shani Verschleiser, MSW, creator of the Magenu Curriculum, IVDU teachers will support the program, as well. Taking this team approach is especially pivotal in preparing students for the summer months ahead in the community.