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“While little is known about the interaction of ASD and aging, it is generally accepted that adults with ASD 1) tend to be fairly poor self reporters when it comes to health issues, and 2) as a group tend to be fairly sedentary. As such, concerns related to the long term health and wellness of adults with ASD should be at the forefront of any discussion of appropriate services.
- Before you can effectively communicate your values about sexuality to your children, you need to know what you believe and why.
- You are the main educators of sex for your son and/or daughter. Whether you are comfortable or not, wouldn’t you rather they get factual information from you than follow a classmate’s or friend’s advice?
- You must be “askable” (Gordon & Gordon, 2000). This means you should be prepared for any question or incident that involves your son or daughter’s sexuality. Always say “That is a good question.” You can decide to answer the question immediately or say “We’ll discuss it when we get home.” If you answer with a positive tone, then your child will continue to ask questions. Also, remember to answer the questions simply and directly. Don’t give too much information to your adolescent.
- Children are not perfect. They make mistakes and it’s up to us to turn their mistakes into lessons.
- Remember to use the same teaching strategies that you have used to teach your children other skills. Apply these strategies to teaching them about menstruation and nocturnal emissions as they go through puberty. Some of these strategies may include visual schedules or check off lists, videos, facts in books, pictures of what is happening to their bodies, stories to predict what might occur, or specific terminology. Think of puberty as just another stage of development. Embrace this time and move forward.