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Where to change pads

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This lesson supports curriculum codes:

  • ABLEWA Stage C (VCHPEP030)
  • ABLEWA Stage D (VCHPEP044; VCHPEP047; VCHPEP048)
  • Year 5 (ACPPS052)
  • Year 6 (ACPPS052)


This lesson helps students identify appropriate places to change their pads.

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:

  • Customise:  take photos of the places your student can change pads at home, school, work, or other places they regularly visit.  Create their own lesson with these images.
  • Community visits:  go to places in the community and locate suitable toilets for where you would change a pad if you needed to while out.
  • Sorting:  places you can and can’t change pads e.g. bathroom, toilet vs loungeroom, bedroom
  • Flipsides:  what should you do if there are no toilets with sanitary bins?  What if you change pads in an inappropriate place?
  • Social stories:  Create a story about appropriate places to change pads.  You could include privacy behaviours such as shutting the door, cleaning up any mess, and correct disposal of soiled pads.
  • Who to talk to about periods?  Identify trusted people to go to if support is needed.

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