Sexual Health Education for Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities
Adolescents with intellectual disabilities, like all individuals, deserve the opportunity to enjoy personal sexual fulfillment in a healthy, empowering way. Research has shown that individuals with intellectual disabilities have the right to and a need for sexual health education. Sexual health education can help to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to explore their sexuality in positive ways, learn how to have healthy relationships, learn how to make their own decisions related to their sexual health, and reduce their vulnerability to sexual abuse. Education can also help to reduce inappropriate sexual expression.
This literature review highlights the need for sexual health education for individuals living with intellectual disabilities. It also describes the limited available evidence for what works for teaching sexual health education to this population and provides recommendations for further areas of educational development.
KIS-SK (Keep It Safe Saskatchewan) Smart Phone App
Information Card, 2017
To help enable individuals to make healthy choices and informed decisions regarding their personal reproductive health, the Prevention Institute has created a smart phone app, Keep it Safe Saskatchewan (KIS-SK), focused on contraceptives and STIs.
The app allows users to:
- Find free contraceptives and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing sites in Saskatchewan
- Set reminders for taking contraceptives or booking health appointments
- Learn about contraceptives and STIs
- View helpful videos about using contraceptives
Information cards providing information about the app are available for download or order.SKU: 7-013
Healthy Sexual Development Starts at Birth
This poster has been developed to support parents in their role as the primary sexual health educators of their children.
It is important that parents engage their children in sexual health discussions at an early age, beginning with teaching the proper terminology of body parts. Early introduction of the topic increases the confidence and comfort of both the parents and children to talk about sexual health at later years.SKU: 7-202
Sexually Transmitted Infections: Are You Positive You’re Negative?
This brochure, designed for use with youth, explains what sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are, how to avoid STIs, and how to find out if you have an STI. It also includes information about the effects of STIs on fertility, pregnancies, and newborn babies.SKU: 7-002
Sexual Development Flip Chart and Notes
Flip Chart, 2018
This flip chart includes nurse’s notes for age groups birth to 2 years, 2-5 years, 5-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13-16 years. It has been developed to support health professionals in their support of parents as the primary sexual health educators of their children.SKU: 7-203