Let’s Talk About Touching (LTAT) is an inclusive child sexual abuse prevention program for children aged 4 to 6 years originally developed and implemented in the mid-1980s. Since its development, LTAT has been highly valued in the early childhood community as an important educational resource and has been used widely in licensed early childhood settings and kindergarten classrooms. In 1992, an in-depth evaluation of LTAT confirmed the effectiveness of LTAT as a prevention program and made a number of recommendations to update the curriculum and streamline the delivery of the teacher training.
The development of the second edition was supported and guided by a broadly based community advisory committee. This edition of LTAT reflects up to date research on prevention education for young children and emphasizes positive touch.
Research confirms that young children can best learn prevention concepts and skills when engaged in long-term, active programs that are designed specifically for their age group. The second edition of LTAT reflects this knowledge and gives teachers a greater sense of confidence that their efforts will contribute to children’s safety.
The Let’s Talk About Touching kit contains the following materials:
- A program manual that includes nine lesson plans and a variety of resource materials that can be shared with families. The materials are available in English, French, Chinese, Serbo-Croatian, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese.
- 8 teaching pictures (11”x17” photographs) depicting positive touch.
- 10 felt board figures and 4 cards of felt board words.
- 45 sorting cards of positive touch.
- 2 puppets with 16 interchangeable faces to represent different characters.
- Let’s Talk About Touching Song Collection, a CD of children’s songs recommended in the lessons.
- 2 teaching dolls: One boy doll and one girl doll.
Let’s Talk About Touching kits are available to trained individuals on loan from Host Organizations around BC or for purchase from ECEBC. Let’s Talk About Touching Trainers are provided with a kit as part of their training.
Two types of training (Teacher Training and Trainer Training) for the second edition of Let’s Talk About Touching have been available throughout BC.
What is Teacher Training?
Teacher Training prepares Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and Family Child Care Providers (FCCs) to present the LTAT program to children in early childhood centres. Completion of Teacher Training is required to access an LTAT kit. It is ECEBC’s policy that individuals participating in the Teacher Training are licensed Early Childhood Educators or Family Child Care providers with some FCC training, working in early childhood settings. This policy was created to ensure that LTAT is used sensitively and responsibly.
What is Training for Trainers?
Training for Trainers prepares experienced Early Childhood Educators to offer LTAT Teacher Training to ECEs and FCC providers in their communities. It is ECEBC’s policy that Early Childhood Educators who qualify to become LTAT Trainers have the necessary skills and abilities to work with groups of adults. These include good communication skills, comfort with public speaking and some knowledge of, or experience with, teaching and facilitating groups. The aim is to maintain a high quality of teacher training through the province.
Information about both these training opportunities will be posted on the ECEBC website as they become available.
ECEBC recognizes that our training policies may not apply to all communities in British Columbia, particularly those where no trained ECE or FCC provider is available. For such communities, ECEBC acknowledges that other health and social service professionals may be the best choice for participating in training and will examine each situation on a case-by-case basis.
LTAT information sessions for other interested health and social service professionals and community members are available on request.
Q: Sexual abuse is a sensitive subject. How can I introduce Let’s Talk About Touching to the parents at my centre?
A: The LTAT program manual includes a sample letter for families, a parent newsletter and handouts on the lessons in 7 languages. Parent meetings are recommended prior to beginning Let’s Talk About Touching in your centre.
Q: How can I make Let’s Talk About Touching work in my family child care centre?
A: Since LTAT is designed for children 4 to 6 years of age, you will need to be careful to direct your instruction only to the children in your centre in that age range. Some family child care providers report that bringing in an additional caregiver on days when the program is being delivered helps to keep the focus on the appropriate age group.
Q: How long is the training for Let’s Talk About Touching?
A: There are 2 types of training for LTAT: teacher training (delivering the program to children), which takes two days, and trainer training (teaching adults to train teachers), which takes three days.
Q: How does Let’s Talk About Touching teach my child skills to help protect him/herself from abuse?
A: LTAT teaches children that their bodies are their own and that they have some choice about who touches them and how they are touched. While emphasizing the fun, caring and helpful touches young children experience in their lives, it helps them to recognize touches that are “not okay”. They learn and practice three safety rules: say “no” or “stop”, get away and tell an adult.
Q: Could Let’s Talk About Touching make my child anxious?
A: LTAT is delivered in a very child-friendly, sensitive manner and emphasizes positive, appropriate touch. A comprehensive evaluation of LTAT found that it did not cause anxiety, or confusion about positive touch.
Q: Where can I go to learn more about Let’s Talk About Touching?
A: Your child’s caregiver will be able to provide you with more detailed information about LTAT, including an information package and newsletter created specifically for parents.
“The program is empowering and enriching to the children and families in my centre.”
“It is wonderful to have all the parent information in seven cultural languages!”
“LTAT has given me words to use with children when approached with a question.”
“It’s a serious topic, but we laughed and had fun and learned lots. I felt excited to take Let’s Talk About Touching back to my centre.”
“Having the parent resources to review made our parent meeting easier and more comfortable.”
- Prince George
“I love how each lesson is scripted and easy to follow! Each lesson has lesson planners, material on diversity and children needing extra support. It’s so welcoming!”
For more information, please contact the ECEBC office at:
Phone: (604) 709-6063
Toll free: (800) 797-5602
Fax: (604) 709-6077
Mail: 2774 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5M 1Y8