Issues of sexuality are confusing for all kids. For our kids with special needs— pre-adolescents to young adults— understanding their own sexuality can be especially challenging. Their bodies mature faster than their social/emotional processing, and they commonly lag behind their typical peers in understanding subtleties and social cues. In addition, they often lack the kinds of peer relationships others their age rely upon for shared information. They are, therefore, vulnerable to an array of potential problems— from misconceptions about sexual identity and feelings of shame to possible harassment accusations and being targets of sexual assault.
Marcia Eckerd, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in autism spectrum disorders and anxiety, will discuss how we can help our kids understand their own sexuality and needs and how to interact safely with peers.
Materials: Navigating the Minefield of Sexuality (PDF Format)
Related Article: How Parents Can Facilitate Sex-Ed for Teens with ADHD
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