Tuesday, May 28, 2019

10 Ways To Help Your Child on the Autism Spectrum Prepare for Periods

1.Period education often gets entangled with sex education, but it doesn’t have to

Children need to learn to keep their privates private. It would be short-sighted not to acknowledge that once a person starts having periods they could get pregnant. This is especially important because of the potential for unwanted pregnancy, especially in the case of abuse. That’s why teaching young people their private parts are private is so important. Please see the NSPCC PANTS resources for a good starting point on how you could approach this topic.

2. Work with a young woman’s strengths

If the person you support likes collecting facts, have them build a spreadsheet or a Talley with a list of symptoms experienced throughout the menstrual cycle so they can see how it changes over time. Be clear that you shouldn’t go asking other people for this kind of information, and they need to choose with whom they want to share this information.

Read more here at Autism Parenting magazine.