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Disposing of pads properly and replacing with a fresh pad

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This lesson supports curriculum codes:

  • ABLEWA Stage B (VCHPEP020)
  • ABLEWA Stage C (VCHPEP032; VCHPEP034)
  • ABLEWA Stage D (VCHPEP046; VCHPEP048)
  • Year 6 (ACPPS052)


This lesson aims to teach the sequence of behaviours for appropriate disposal of pads and replacing with fresh ones.  Guidance around decision-making of timing of changes, and whether to change pads and soiled underwear is included.

Foundation Knowledge for this lesson includes differentiation of male and female bodies; awareness of age and body differences between babies, children, adolescents, and adults; receptive identification of vagina; public and private body parts; receptive identification of sanitary pads, bin, toilet, and underpants; receptive identification of blood.

Generalisation Ideas

  • Teach through chaining:  put in place selected images e.g. first two or last two pictures in the sequence; mix up picture order and resequence; take away one or two key images and put them in the correct order
  • Role modelling:  follow through with sequence with a trusted adult with a real-life example or wearing pants over trousers and adding food dye to clean pads to simulate when to change pads.
  • Visual Cues:  print screen and place in the bathroom to provide visual support.
  • Consequences: how do you feel when you change your pad properly?
  • Flipside:  what happens if you don’t change your pad? How would other people react if you didn’t change your pad?
  • Getting help:  who can you talk to about changing pads? Who can’t you talk to about changing pads?

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