My twelve-year-old daughter has a cognitive disability. She has also reached puberty and I need to start talking with her about “the facts of life”. Where can I find good resources that will help me with this undertaking?
Approaching issues of sexuality can be difficult for many parents. What do you include? What should be left for later discussions? Parents of children with developmental disabilities need to be able to convey this important information in understandable terms.
A great teaching tool that can assist parents is available at no cost on the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center website at www.moddrc.org under “Info on Specific Disabilities”. Select the topic "Sexuality" and you will find an overview for “Sexuality: Preparing Your Child with Special Needs”. Additional information on sexuality and children with disabilities can be obtained from the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center at 800-444-0821.
Michelle Reynolds, Director of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Last update: Wednesday, April 14, 2010