Noted sexuality educator Terri Couwenhoven helps both children with Down syndrome and their parents navigate these difficult waters. That denial can perpetuate the myth that people with Down syndrome are asexual, she said. Parents can, and should, take the lead in helping their children develop the foundations of healthy relationships, and Couwenhoven shared three key tips for parents to approach the subject of dating and relationships. Parents also serve as role models. Look for opportunities to explain dating before your son or daughter is old enough to actually date, Couwenhoven advised. For example, if an older sibling has a partner, explain why people date.
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Dating Someone With Down Syndrome - People With Down Syndrome Need Healthy Sex Lives, Too
Join us for our Virtual Adult Summit! Sex education, appropriate for the developmental level and intellectual attainment of individuals with Down syndrome, adds to life quality by developing healthy sexuality, reducing the risk of sexual abuse, avoiding sexual misunderstandings, preventing disease transmission, preventing unwanted pregnancy and alleviating other problems related to sexual function. In the past, sexuality was not considered an issue for any people with Down syndrome because of the inaccurate belief that intellectual disability produced permanent childhood. In fact, all people with Down syndrome have sexual feelings and intimacy needs. It is important that expression of these feelings in socially acceptable, age appropriate ways be recognized by families and caregivers.
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Jamie Foxx remembers late sister who had Down syndrome: 'Such a light'
As human beings, individuals with Down syndrome have the right to emotionally satisfying and culturally appropriate sexual expression. As patients, they have the right to routine reproductive health care provided to the general population. Cognitive and language disabilities may predispose this population to unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and sexual exploitation. Sex education tailored to cognitive level, learning style, and living arrangements is essential to the education of children and young adults with Down syndrome. Down Syndrome Research and Practice , 3 2 ,
She — and being in the Down syndrome community — she was just such a light, so I'll keep it brief and just say, you do not know how good it feels to have people mention her and say, 'God bless you and the family' because there's not a day where we're at our house and we don't feel like we hear her laughing or sliding down the steps or dancing. Foxx, who has joined with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to create a research fund in honor of Dixon, has often spoken glowingly of her. I hear your laughter in the house