Sexual Health and Puberty

Sexual Health

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  • Chan, J. & John, R. (2012). Sexuality and sexual health in children and adolescents with autism. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 8, 306-314.
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  • Monasterio E, Combs N, Warner L, Larsen-Fleming M, St. Andrews A, (2010). Sexual Health: An Ado­lescent Provider Toolkit. San Francisco, CA: Adolescent Health Working Group, San Francisco.
  • Travers, J., & Tincani, M. (2010). Sexuality education for individuals with autism spectrum disorders: Critical issues and decision making guidelines. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 45(2), 284-293. 
  • Tullis, C. A., & Zangrillo, A. N. (2013). Sexuality education for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Psychology in the Schools, 50(9), 866-875. 
  • Veazey, S. E., Valentino, A. L., Low, A. I., McElroy, A. R., & LeBlanc, L. A. (2016). Teaching feminine hygiene skills to young females with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 9(2), 184-189. 


The Healthy Bodies Toolkit -

Health - When thinking about the health of an adolescent or young adult with autism, physical health, mental health, and sexuality are three of the most critical issues to be addressed.

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