ABP Episode 58: Sexuality For All Abilities | How To Support the Sexual Health of Individuals With Special Needs | A Conversation With Katie Thune

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We’re in the bedroom today talking about supporting the sexual health of people with disabilities, particularly those on the autism spectrum. This is a difficult topic for many parents and professionals to discuss, so sexual health expert, Katie Thune, will be helping us.

In this episode you will discover:

  • Why it’s so difficult for parents and educators to talk about sex with kids.
  • Tips for helping kids and adults with special needs understand their sexuality.
  • How to talk to your kids about puberty and their changing bodies.
  • The importance of body rights for all children.
  • How to talk to children on the autism spectrum about masturbation and how to create boundaries surrounding it.

Meet Katie Thune, MA, Ed.

Katie Thune is an educator and advocate for people with disabilities. She was a Special Education and Health teacher in the public school system for 12 years. She has done extensive curriculum writing on relationships and sexuality education.

Her website and blog can be found at:

www.sexualityforallabilities.com

Direct link for her email list: http://eepurl.com/dM7iks

Helpful video for parents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfYSpuKq_-8

Mentioned on the podcast:

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The Growing Up Guide For Girls: What Girls on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know! By, Davida Hartman

The Growing Up Book for Boys: What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know! By, Davida Hartman

It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, By Robie Harris

The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls, Revised Edition (American Girl Library)

The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls

Things Ellie Likes: A book about sexuality and masturbation for girls and young women with autism and related conditions, By Kate E. Reynolds

Things Tom Likes: A book about sexuality and masturbation for boys and young men with autism and related conditions, By Kate E. Reynolds

Show Notes

PDF handout from Katie:

Tips To Support Children With Special Needs On Sexual Health

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