Teen Issues

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Articles and sites to help parents teach and discuss with their adolescent children on the Spectrum about sex, drugs, drinking, and other issues that take place during this phase of life.

A Learning Activity on Self Esteem star[offsite link]
This activity would be appropriate with middle or high school aged youth. It also works well with parents, with a few minor adaptations to the discussion questions.

My Body, My Self For Boys Book Review star
Illustrated workbook with drawings that covers shaving, nutrition, masturbation, weight and growth spurts, body odor, zits, male sex organs and voice changes.

Parenting Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities star[offsite link]
From the Institute of Community Integration

Puberty and Growing Up star[offsite link]
pdf handouts for boy´s and girl´s body outline. Defines puberty, physical and emotional changes. Includes family activity worksheets.

Reducing your risk of Date Rape star[offsite link]
Learn what date rape is, specific behaviors and practice identifying risky situations

Sex education and children and young people with an ASD star[offsite link]
The National Autistic Society

Sex Info - UCSB star[offsite link]
This site is run by students doing advanced course work and research on sexuality through the Sociology Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. One of our main goals is to reach people around the globe who want to learn about human sexuality.

Sexual Assault and People with Disabilities star[offsite link]
Tbis is a paper from Seattle Rape Relief Project Action: Sexual Assault and People with Disabilities.

Skills for Educators star[offsite link]
Specific suggestions, tips, and ideas for effectively teaching youth with developmental disabilities about sexuality topics.

Social/Sexual Awareness For Persons With Disabilities star[offsite link]
This article by a consultant in ethics, sexuality & therapeutic interventions covers children, teens and adults, as well as sexual relationships.

Socializing Teens on the Autism Spectrum star
Agencies that provide social skills training classes and services need to expand their age group to include teenagers.

Teaching Kids and Teens About Money star[offsite link]
Money Instructor.com has great lesson plans for children and adults. The tips on allowance and saving money is very beneficial.

Teaching Self Advocacy Skills to Teens star
Resources we are utilizing over the summer break to assist high functioning teenage son as he gets ready for high school.

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