Last Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2019

Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Resource for Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is this?

​This resource will help everyone involved in delivering sexual health and relationships education to those with an autism spectrum disorder by:

  • giving autism-specific advice aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at mainstream secondary school staff to encourage innovative, individualised and creative teaching;
  • giving guidance on the different approaches that can be taken to support individuals with an autism spectrum disorder;
  • suggesting activities which are designed so that they can and should be tailored to meet the needs of the young people involved using the practitioners’ professional judgements and knowledge of the young people;
  • supporting education professionals to work in partnership with other professionals, parents and families to ensure the best possible outcomes for young people;
  • sign-posting useful and reliable sources of information and further help, such as publications and key organisations.

Who is this for?

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How to use this learning and assessment resource to improve practice

These resources can be used to allow young people on the autistic spectrum to fully engage in this area of the curriculum.

It is intended that the programme will promote young people’s understanding and develop their knowledge of sexual heath and relationships in a way that is accessible and meaningful to them.

The resource gives an overview of the topic. It also provides a range of activities for children young people. The section headings are as follows:

  • Section 1: Keeping clean
  • Section 2: Changing and growing
  • Section 3: Personal body parts
  • Section 4: Relationships
  • Section 5: Keeping safe
  • Section 6: Places to be naked
  • Section 7: Appropriate touching
  • Section 8: Sexual activity
  • Section 9: Influences and decision making

Improvement questions

  • To what extent do we offer our young people on the autistic spectrum opportunities to explore sexual health and relationships in an autism-friendly way?
  • In what way do we involve partners to offer the best quality experiences and outcomes in this area of the curriculum?