Teaching Children with Down Syndrome About Their Bodies, Boundaries & Sexuality
A Guide for Parents & ProfessionalsTerri Couwenhoven MS
2007 ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award: Finalist in Parenting Category
2008 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA): Honors Award
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.
In an easy-to-read, non-clinical style, the book covers relevant issues and concerns for children of all ages, such as:
Contents Introduction; Getting Started; Learning About the Body: Key Information and Ideas for Teaching; Teaching About Privacy; Touch and Affection; Teaching Your Child About the Physical Changes of Puberty; Masturbation; Social and Emotional Development in Adolescence; Caring for the Body During Puberty; Social Skills for Healthy Relationships; Friendships and Dating; Committed Partnerships, Marriage, and Parenthood; Exploitation Prevention; Sexuality Education in Schools; You've Postponed 'This 'til Now; Index.