Sex Education: Teaching the most vulnerable
Let’s talk about…SEX EDUCATION
Why? Because there are a few things, parents of children with special needs need to know… because we also know our children are vulnerable. But they are also sexual beings…like it or not.
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I, like many of you, feel overwhelmed just thinking about having to discuss this subject with my child (what rabbit hole may it lead us down? etc.)….HELP!!!
Where, when and how should a parent begin talking about this topic with their child?
Well, I reached out to Dr. Ellis because he “gets” us… he’s a husband and the father of 3. His oldest child, currently 13, is on the autism spectrum (so, he really gets it!!).
Secondly, Dr. Ellis is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and an expert in treating Autism Spectrum Disorder.
He is on state and national level committees through the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
He has recently written a book titled “Caring for Autism: Practical Advice from a Parent and Physician.”
At the end of our conversation, I ask Dr. Ellis to tell us about his new book, and I appreciate what he shares with me. It makes me like him all the more (take a few extra minutes to listen).
So I ask you, “have you started talking or teaching your child about maturing and sex education?” Not sure when or where to begin…? Dr. Ellis is here to help.
I asked Dr. Ellis to help us out and tell us how and when we should begin talking to our children about sex, what topics we should cover, and I asked him to clarify some common myths. I also asked him to “give it to us straight” about masturbation, and God forbid, what to do if our child falls victim to sexual assault.
Answers and Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:
- When to Introduce and discuss sex education
- The importance of not assuming
- dispelling certain myths that parents believe
- Steps to take if you think your child has been a victim of sexual assault.
Plus, we have a great BONUS for listening… (get your copy now!!)
An instructional guide for parent/caregivers of individuals and children with developmental disabilities
Check out these podcast highlights:
• Topics to cover [04:31]
• The importance of not assuming certain outcomes [05:38]
• Sexual or Asexual [7:46]
• Discussing Masturbation (Yes, we go there) [9:59]
• Don’t help facilitate their vulnerability [13:20]
• Steps to take if your child has been a victim of sexual assault [16:45]
• Dr. Ellis shares about his book to help families [21:40]
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