Sexuality Resource Center for Parents: Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Teaching Children about Human Sexuality

Additional Resources

(For Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities)


For Parents

Sexual Health Education for Young People with Disabilities - Research and Resources for Parents/Guardians at Advocates for Youth

Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities at Center for Parent Information and Resources. Lots of great information and a huge number of links to other useful websites.

Disability, Puberty & Sexuality at Parentbooks. Great list of books and other resources.

Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Disability Resource Guide 2014 from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services

Youth with Disabilities at TASCC (Talking about Sexuality in Canadian Communities)

Special Education FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) from Public Health – Seattle & King County. An excellent set of lesson plans that was originally created for educators, though many of the lessons can be easily adapted for use by parents.

In Print

For Parents

Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality, Terri Couwenhoven, Woodbine House, 2007. If you have a child with Down Syndrome, get this book. Yesterday. And don’t let the title fool you – even if you have a child with a developmental disability other than Down Syndrome, we're pretty sure you'll find plenty of information and activities that you can use. The book also has an incredible resource section.

Sexuality: Your Sons and Daughters with Intellectual Disabilities, Karin Melberg Schwier and Dave Hingsburger, Brookes Publishing Company, 2000

Just Say Know!: Understanding and Reducing the Risk of Sexual Victimization of People with Developmental Disabilities, Dave Hingsburger, Diverse City Press, 1995

I Openers: Parents Ask Questions about Sexuality and Children with Developmental Disabilities, Dave Hingsburger, Family Support, 1993

Sexuality and Women with Learning Disabilities, Michelle McCarthy, Jessica Kingsley Publisher, 1999

The Facts of Life... and More: Sexuality and Intimacy for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Leslie Walker-Hirsch, Brookes Publishing Co., 2007

Autism Life Skills: From Communication and Safety to Self-Esteem and More – 10 Essential Abilities Every Child Needs and Deserves to Learn, Chantal Sicile-Kira, Penguin Group, 2008

Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent’s Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Transition Needs of Teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Chantal Sicile-Kira, Penguin Group, 2006

For Children

Note: Before you pass along any of the following books to your child, we strongly suggest that you check them out first. We may think that a particular book is a great resource for children, but that doesn't mean you have to agree. Choose materials that reflect your values and the messages you want your child to receive.

Check out “Publications for Children, Teens, and Self-Advocates” in Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality (see above). These are great resources, and most of them are also suitable for children with developmental disabilities other than Down Syndrome.

The Girls’ Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes in the Tween Years, Terri Couwenhoven, Woodbine House, 2011

The Boys’ Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes during Puberty, Terri Couwenhoven, Woodbine House, 2012

Boyfriends & Girlfriends: A Guide to Dating for People with Disabilities, Terri Couwenhoven, Woodbine House, 2015

Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex and Relationships for People with Asperger’s Syndrome, Sarah Attwood, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008

Check out the books for young children and the books for pre-teens in the additional resources that we collected for parents of children with typical development. Many of these books will be quite appropriate for your child – adapt where necessary. While you're there, check out the resources for parents too. You may find something quite useful.

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