Children with differing abilities may develop earlier or later. Although no two children will develop the same way, they will still progress through the different stages. Each child also has their own learning needs. Keep talking with your child about your values around sexuality as they grow and develop into adulthood. Learning about the development that happens at different ages will help you to understand where your child is in their development.
Although all Canadians have a right to comprehensive sexuality education, children and youth with disabilities do not always receive it. Children and youth with disabilities experience the physical, social and emotional changes that are part of growing into a healthy adult in similar ways to their typically developing or able-bodied siblings and peers.
Sometimes, however, they miss out on learning about sexuality as parents and service providers focus on other life skills and don’t feel supported to talk about sexuality.