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Autism, Teens and Sex Education - Advocacy in Action
Updated Saturday, October 1, 2016Having the sex talk with your children is difficult for most parents. It becomes more challenging when you need to explain sexuality to your child with autism. Teaching children with autism about sex is difficult because of autistic traits including: Lack of, or minimal verbal communication Tendency to take language literally Inflexible or rigid thinking Inability to or poor reading of social cues Less social contact with peers Sensory sensitivities Because they are vulnerable to sexual abuse, may not understand inappropriate touching, consent, or privacy, it is vital that children with autism receive sex education adapted to their needs. Without this education, children with autism may: Not …