Puberty and Sex Education

Mood swings, confusion, and a whole lot of awkwardness. Puberty is just a part of growing up.  

Puberty can be a chaotic and confusing time, both for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and for the children. Even the most knowledgeable, motivated, and devoted parents can find that this period brings feelings of doubt and a sense of being ill-equipped for an entirely new set of challenges. Below, we have compiled some excellent resources to help talk with your child about puberty/sex education. 

Puberty Resources:

A Guide to Puberty And Autism – 

Healthy Bodies for Boys – 

Healthy Bodies for Girls – 

Lurie Center for Autism: Puberty – 

Preparing for puberty: autistic children and teenagers – 

Puberty and children on The Autism Spectrum – 



  • Sexuality and Relationship Education for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders 1st Edition-By Davida Hartman 
  • Sexuality and Severe Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents, Caregivers and Health Educators– By K.E. Reynolds 
  • The Autism Friendly Guide to Periods-By Robyn Steward What’s Happening to Tom? A Book About Puberty for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions-By Kate E. Reynolds 
  • What’s Happening to Ellie? A Book About Puberty for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions-By Kate E. Reynolds 

Local Resources

Autism Heroes
420 Brookside Ave, Redlands CA 92373
(909) 312-3070
Autism Heroes focuses on providing ABA services to individuals with disabilities in school settings, in-home settings, and in the community. By not only collaborating with the individual but with their professional team and family we seek to reach a cohesive intervention plan to benefit the individual.  Offers a number of services including Parent and Adolescents with special needs Sexuality Training.

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Puberty Basics for Parents of Girls with ASD: 

Sex Ed for People with I/DD: 

Sexuality Education for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Kennedy Krieger): 

Social-Sexuality Education for Young People With Autism Spectrum (Seattle Children’s Hospital): 

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