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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. This means:
You may be able to continue claiming benefits for your child when they turn 16 or help them claim benefits.