Sexuality Resource Center for Parents: Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Teaching Children about Human Sexuality

The Basics

Start Small

You may consider it a daunting job to provide your child with the information and skills they’ll need to become a sexually healthy adult. You probably thought the same thing when you first introduced the hundreds of other tasks they’ve already mastered.

Make no mistake… this is a big job ahead of you. But it may be easier if you start small. You may not be prepared to talk with your child about puberty or masturbation or dating yet, but you can do something differently starting today – even if it’s as small as correcting your child when they use a silly name for a sexual body part.

So, what’s it going to be? Based on everything we’ve talked about in these webpages, what is one thing you will do differently with your child – starting today? What is one thing you will do differently with your child – starting tomorrow? What is one thing you will do differently with your child – starting the day after tomorrow?

By starting small, you’ll build the foundation for ending big. And that’s exactly what your child needs.

(For Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities)

Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Your child may or may not be receiving sexuality education in school. If they are, then talk with your child’s teachers to find out what will be covered – and be prepared to cover anything that’s left out. If your child isn’t receiving sexuality education in school, then it will be up to you to provide that education in its entirety. We recommend a comprehensive approach to sexuality education. Read more.

How and Why Sexual Development is Different for People with Developmental Disabilities

In Sexual Development from 0-18 Years Old, we talked about what typical sexual development was like for a child without a developmental disability. Now let's see how a disability can affect a person's ability to gain the necessary information and get the necessary practice in order to be a sexually healthy adult. Here are some of the ways things may change. Read more.

What Makes It Hard to Talk about Sexuality?

For most parents, it’s not an easy thing to talk with their child about sexuality – even when the child doesn’t have a disability. Why do you think that’s so? Here are some of the reasons we’ve come up with. Read more.

Tips for Talking with Your Child about Sexuality

Want to make your conversations about sexuality more productive? Then we suggest you take the following tips to heart. Read more.

Answering Questions about Sex and Sexuality

There are five steps to answering your child’s questions about sex and sexuality. Let’s use an example to show you what we mean. Suppose you have a 15 year-old daughter who asks the question, “What does sex feel like?” Read more.

Responding to Behaviors and Comments

Let’s take a look at how to respond to behaviors and comments that seem sexual in nature. There are six steps to follow. Read more.

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