Sex Education for Special Needs Children
How Do You Teach Your Child About Sex Ed at Home?
The internet is a treasure trove of information that can help you, as a parent, teach your child about Sexual Education. It is also recommended that you begin these lessons before the child has the opportunity to learn about sexual education in school.
In their guide “Sexuality and Disability: A Guide for Parents,” Alberta Health Services provides information to help you explain the stages of social and sexual development at every age. 
They offer tips and strategies that parents can use as toddlers begin to explore their bodies all the way up to handling puberty and adolescence. The guide clearly points out that even with a disability, all humans progress through various stages of social and sexual development.
Three key messages in their guide focus on:
- Touches that are important and good
- Touches that are hurtful and not good
- A definition of child sexual abuse
In addition to the excellent information presented in this guide, there are additional links to other online resources.
Important Take-Aways about Sexual Education for the Special Needs Child
It is never too early to begin discussing Sexual Education with your child. The links provided below will take you to some excellent resources for what to say – and when to say it.
Be prepared for unexpected questions, such as “can I watch you and dad (or mom) do it.” Yes, children have been known to ask questions such as this of their parents. You will find some excellent guidelines about preparing for this time in a publication provided by Advocates for Youth.
There are some excellent resources online to inform and prepare you, as well as help you explain and teach sexual education to your child.
Preparing your child throughout his or her life for all possibilities is not always easy, but it is important. We hope that the many resources we provide will help simplify navigating this difficult subject for you and your child.
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