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Teaching Children With Down Syndrome About Their Bodies, Boundaries, And Sexuality

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Parents of children with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities are accustomed to paying close attention to their child's physical, cognitive, and emotional development. This proactive approach should also include their child's sexual development, which for many parents may not seem as obvious or urgent, especially to those with young children.

Drawing on her unique background as both a sexual educator and mother of a child with Down syndrome, the author blends factual information and practical ideas for teaching children with Down syndrome about their bodies, puberty, and sexuality. This book gives parents the confidence to speak comfortably about these sometimes difficult subjects.

Each chapter highlights important points with key messages, teaching activities, parental pauses, and anecdotes, all of which prompt readers to stop and consider concepts or values associated with a particular topic. The final chapter covers the special concerns of parents who are now teaching teenaged or adult children about sexuality for the first time. It concludes with extensive appendices containing invaluable teaching materials and illustrations of body parts and functions.

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In an easy-to-read, non-clinical style, the book covers relevant issues and concerns for children of all ages, such as:

    Labeling and explaining private body parts
  • Identifying and expressing emotions
  • Respecting personal space
  • Teaching self-care and hygiene
  • Understanding norms of privacy
  • Understanding gender identity
  • Showing appropriate levels of affection

It also covers later issues that affect teenagers and young adults, including:

  • Dealing with periods, bras for girls
  • Experiencing erections, wet dreams for boys
  • Relating to the opposite sex
  • Sharing parental values about sexuality
  • Explaining sexual relationships
  • Preventing sexual abuse
  • Understanding how Down syndrome affects puberty and fertility rates

Product Details

Author Terri Couwenhoven
ISBN 189062733X
Publication Date Oct 10, 2007
Publisher Woodbine House
Language English
Category Physical / Emotional Development, Special Circumstances
Parenting Books Age Infant to Preschool, Child / School Age, Pre-Teen, Teen