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.
Mike’s Crush for Families: Teaching Relationship Skills to Adolescents with Autism, Asperger’s, or Intellectual Disabilities
Adolescents who have disabilities want and need friendships and romantic relationships, just like their peers. It is important to learn relationship skills during adolescence so that when mistakes are made, there is a safety net in place. The goal of this DVD and accompanying booklet is to teach adolescents and young adults with autism, Asperger’s, or intellectual disabilities about healthy relationships.SKU: 7-V-725
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
Messages for Parents: Nine to Twelve Years
Information Card, Revised 2019
This information card 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 discussion 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: 7-207