Sex education, appropriate for the developmental level and intellectual attainment of individuals with Down syndrome, adds to life quality by engendering 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 formerly known as mental retardation 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. Sexuality education is the way to plan for this aspect of adulthood as it applies to independence in educational, social, residential and vocational settings. Children with Down syndrome experience the same sequence of physical and hormonal changes associated with puberty as other children their age.
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Otto is an aspiring actor who has appeared in local stage versions of Macbeth and The Canterbury Tales. Lucy, 50, of Abingdon, Oxfordshire, is single and has never married but has four adopted sons — James, 25, Otto, 21, Titus, 14, and Raphael, seven. I always encourage him to go to nightclubs and other places where people pick up women. Otto said he persuaded his mum to help him find a partner after three years of knock-backs. His ideal woman is TV presenter Fearne Cotton.
Her mother thinks her boyfriend Neil is grooming her, preying on her vulnerability. Kelly disagrees. She just wants a shag. Jellyfish was developed for the actor Sarah Gordy, who plays Kelly, and it shows. The story begins with Kelly, her mother Agnes and a dead crab.
Adolescence for children with an intellectual disability can be particularly challenging. Photograph: iStock. My year-old son has Down syndrome. He is a happy and lovable child and gets on with everyone in the family.