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As puberty approaches you need to prepare yourselves and your son
or daughter for a more adult status by allowing them to be as
independent as possible. Disabled children, like every other child,
need to learn about:
Despite a willingness to talk about sex and relationships, many
parents are unsure how to go about it. They worry and think they
may not know enough and lack the confidence to talk and listen
confidently without embarrassment.
Children are more likely to want to talk to you about puberty if
they are used to talking openly to you, not just about their
condition in general, but other things like money, school work,
friends, and so on. Encourage your children to talk to you about
anything that worries them; showing an interest in what your child
does and says will boost their self esteem.
Disabled children grow up too and they go through the same
process as any other child. As much as possible all children and
young people need to be prepared for the changes to their body
before they take place.
Intimate personal care is a necessary part of some disabled
people's lives. As a child grows up and goes through puberty, they
may find personal care to be more embarrassing and feel more
awkward and shy.
It is important that parents and care workers are respectful
when delivering intimate personal care to their son or daughter.