Children and learning about sexuality

Children with a disability

If your child has a disability they also need to learn about sexuality and relationships. They need accurate information that suits their age and development.

This can help to build their confidence and a positive attitude to their sexuality, and make them less vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse.

As with other children, it’s best to:

  • talk about sexual issues simply and easily in everyday situations
  • help them learn about the changes of puberty before they happen - and give them the correct words to use
  • repeat concepts a number of times or reinforce them in different ways
  • help them learn about privacy, safety and basic sexual matters
  • seek help from professionals if you need it - your doctor or school counsellor may be a good place to start.

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Last updated: 11 March 2016

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