Puberty toolkits to parents of children with disabilities

Teaching your child with a disability about puberty has been made a bit easier with the aid of The Healthy Bodies Toolkit, complements of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Disabilities. The video and visuals – one for boys and one for girls – are available online for parents to view and download. The kits encourage parents to talk about upcoming body changes with their children and prepare them to gracefully progress through the lifecycle.

The toolkits offer ways to discuss aspects of hygiene and body changes, identify private and public body parts and behaviors, and talk about the different levels of relationships and contact – what’s private and what’s appropriate – to touch and be touched. The book even provides teens with a way to anticipate and acknowledge emotions and mood swings as a normal part of the development process.

The downloads allow parents to decide on what information they would like to share with their children and in which manner they feel is appropriate.

This resource is made available by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Disabilities through a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. It was written and developed by Vanderbilt Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, or LEND, and LEND faculty members.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research and Human Development, in Tennessee, has been transforming the lives of children and adults with disabilities for over 45 years by facilitating discoveries and best practices that make a difference in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families.

To download the toolkit, visit The Healthy Bodies Toolkit.

To learn more about Vanderbilt, visit Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

For additional information and resources to help your child develop into adulthood, visit Transition into Adulthood with Cerebral Palsy.

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