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Human Growth

Human Growth and Development

While parents and guardians are the ones to teach their children to value their bodies and their relationships, they do not always have all the medically-accurate facts they need about human growth and development. That is why Social Health Association of Indiana offers age-appropriate, gender-specific programs to teach students how to take care of their growing bodies, especially during puberty.

Key program objectives by grade level

Grade 4 – Puberty for Boys/Puberty for Girls

This program is offered in gender-specific classes. Programs focus on the physical and emotional changes accompanying puberty.

  • Boys and girls meet separately to discuss anatomy and gender-specific changes of puberty, including height, weight, body hair growth, and emotional changes. Girls will discuss changes including widening hips, growing breasts, and menstruation. Boys’ topics include broadening shoulders, voice changes, and nocturnal emissions.
  • Both classes focus on respect for self and others and emphasize importance of hygiene, nutrition, exercise, and rest.
  • Students identify trusted adults, such as parents and guardians, who can answer additional questions.

Grade 5 – Puberty for Boys/Puberty for Girls

This program is offered in gender-specific classes.

  • Boys and girls meet separately to review and expand on the gender-specific information learned in fourth grade and to learn about puberty changes that happen to the opposite sex.
  • Program defines sexual reproduction and discusses abstinence as the only 100 percent effective way to prevent pregnancy.
  • Students continue their focus on respect for self and others, and on seeking help from trusted adults.

Grade 6 – Pregnancy, STDs, and Peer Pressure

This program is offered in gender-specific classes.

  • Boys and girls meet separately to review the basics of previous puberty education programs.
  • The focus of the program is on teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention.
  • Students are taught that abstinence is the only 100% way to avoid pregnancy and STDs.
  • Additionally, the program facilitates skills development in positive communication and refusal skills through interactive sessions.

Indiana law (IC 20-10.1-4-11) states that “when sexuality education is taught, abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage must be stressed. Instruction must teach that abstinence outside of marriage and a mutually monogamous relationship inside of marriage are the best ways to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems.”   SHA adheres to Indiana’s legal requirements in our abstinence-based programs.  We also utilize the medically accurate definition of abstinence as not engaging in vaginal, oral or anal sex.

The one-session program in each grade level builds on the information offered the previous year. For more information or to schedule a program, contact us at (317) 667-0340 or



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