Talking to your kid about ‘grown-up’ things - body parts, puberty, periods, relationships - is an awkward conversation for any parent to have. It’s enough to have any parent running for the hills, and this can be even trickier when you have a child with Autism or an intellectual disability.
Thankfully, NSW health has come to the rescue with Planet Puberty - an online world of resources, workshops and more to help you navigate a whole new world.
They also include links to picture books, flash cards and resources to help them.
They cover a wide array of topics in great detail and with accompanying resources. The types of topics included are:
- The Body (body changes, periods, penises, breasts and growing taller to name just a few topics)
- Feeling good (positive self images, mood swings, masturbation and more)
- Relationships (communication, consent, feelings, friends and dating)
- Identity (positive self image, gender and sexuality, LGBTIQ)
- Keeping safe (consent, cyber safety, safe people, personal space, decision making and social media are a good start)
These include parent only topics like masturbation, periods, managing mood changes and wet dreams and erections.
Listen to other parents, carers and professionals chat about their experience of supporting a child with disability through puberty and tips and tricks you can use to help you and your child navigate this new world.