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close this book Aids resource manual - A guide for teaching about AIDS in Thailand
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View the document How to use the AIDS resource manual
close this folder Section I - Basic facts about AIDS
View the document Aids background " Q & A
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View the document Questions about transmission " Q & A
View the document Infection in the work place and loss of income from illness " O & A
View the document AIDS and the family " Q & A
close this folder Section II - Teaching about AIDS
View the document 10 tips for talking about AIDS
View the document 5 Techniques to Avoid
View the document Some hints on talking to children about AIDS
View the document Communicating with Children
View the document Age-appropriate AIDS education guidelines
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close this folder Section III - Games and activities
View the document Activity 1: The basics of AIDS
View the document Activity 2: AIDS True/False test
View the document Activity 3: AIDS myth or fact game
View the document Activity 4: Vocabulary aid
View the document Activity 5: Take a stand
View the document Activity 6: Condom time bomb
View the document Activity 7: Other suggestions for activities with condoms
View the document Activity 8: Shaking STD's
View the document Activity 9: The immune system role play
View the document Activity 10: "I have AIDS" - A role play
View the document Activity 11: The AIDS risk game
View the document Activity 12: AIDS problem situations
View the document Activity 13: Eliminating barriers to individual AIDS prevention
View the document Activity 14: The story of four friends
View the document Activity 15: Tic-tac-toe
View the document Activity 16: Concentration
View the document Activity 17: AIDS and ladders
View the document Section IV - Resources
View the document Section V AIDS vocabulary
View the document Acknowledgements

Communicating with Children

Here are some suggestion to help your conversation about AIDS go more easily.

• Stay calm. Keep your tone simple and direct.

• Use specific, dear terms. Ask questions to make sure he or she understands what you are saying.

• If you feel uncomfortable, say so. Let them know that AIDS is too important not to talk about, even if talking's not easy or comfortable.

• Listen carefully to any questions the children might ask. These may be a clue to specific fears or areas of misinformation that you can dear up. Understanding AIDS makes it less frightening.

• If you don't know the answer, maybe you can find out together. The facts about AIDS can be confusing and working together may help your communication.

• Use the children's age and development and your own feeling as a guide about how much information to present.

• Be careful not to preach. Because AIDS is so frightening, parents and educators may be tempted to use scare tactics. Your conversation will be more successful if you simply explain your concerns and then listen to what they have to say.

• Be clear about the values you want to present.

• Make sure you talk more than once. You'll do a better job if you continue to talk about AIDS often, as the topic comes up.