Mind and Body, Answers to Your Questions
During adolescence, many young people experience a time of transition. Just like other teens, adolescents with Down syndrome need to learn about their bodies, relationships, sexuality and growing up.
Values, Trust and Sexuality
Being Around Other People
It is important to understand your relationships with all the people in your life and how to act around them. Learn about how to greet people, meeting new friends and knowing the difference between private and public places.
Male and Female Bodies
Your body is private, special and important. The changes that happen in your body are normal. All bodies look different but they all go through changes. You can learn about the differences between male and female bodies, private parts, puberty and the difference between proper words and slang words.
Being in a relationship and being in love should make you feel happy. In this section you will learn about having a crush, sexual orientation, dating, having a healthy relationship with your partner and marriage.
Having a Baby
When a man and woman have unprotected sex there is a chance the woman will get pregnant. Babies are very cute and fun, but being a parent takes a lot of work. You can learn more about what pregnancy means, how a woman gets pregnant and raising a baby.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
It is important to talk to your partner about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) before you have sex. You can learn about how you get an STI, how to protect yourself from getting them, signs of STIs and what to do if you think you have an STI.
Additional Resources for Adolescent Years
Down Syndrome Resource Foundation
National Down Syndrome Society
Woodbine House Publishing
Books available about growing up and transitions. Click here to see the collection of resource books