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By Ann Christen, M.A., M.F.T. , Kristin Stanberry
Before talking to your child about sex, you'll want to consider ways to accommodate her learning difficulties. Questions to consider:
Finally, Ms. Christen recommends keeping discussions about bodily changes (such as during puberty) separate from conversations about sexual relations. This approach can maximize learning and minimize "information overload."
There is much debate - and little conclusive research - about teenagers with learning problems being at greater risk for sexual activity. Fortunately, there are measures parents can take to minimize the risk of their kids becoming sexually active:
When teaching your child about sex, don't expect to do a perfect job. You'll likely stumble and fumble at times. Because you have a child with learning problems, you know that parenting involves on-the-job training. So take it all in stride, and trust your ability to educate your child about the facts of life!
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