The main body of the RSHP resource offers learning activities to meet the diverse needs of learners. On occasion learners with additional support needs/disabilities will benefit from additional or enhanced content such as that provided in the programmes and resources listed here.
Free online resources
Autism Toolbox: Sexual Health
The information on this website aims to encourage schools to provide positive RSHP education, supporting links with parents and providing information to encourage open communication with children and young people. The guidance within this link will be pertinent when considering more able mainstream autistic learners
Sexual Health, Relationships and Parenthood a workbook resource for one-to-one support
Created by Joanne Barrie (NHS Forth Valley) this Sexual Health workbook contains worksheets designed to assist teachers, parents, carers and other professionals in delivering Sexual Health, Relationship and Parenthood Education to young people with a learning disability. Whilst some young people may access the RSHP programme in schools, they may need additional one-to-one learning support. This Workbook is not designed to replace group work or class work but aims to complement existing RSHP education and build on learning and understanding. There is no single resource that can meet the needs of this diverse group of young people. Some exercises may need to be adapted, according to individual ability and learning styles.
Puberty and Sexuality for Children and Young People with a Learning Disability.
The Children’s Learning Disability Nursing Team, Leeds
This teaching pack was developed (2009) to be taught to learning disabled children and young people between the ages of 9-18 years old. It is acknowledged however that depending on the age and the cognitive ability this may vary. It has been designed to include the needs of children and young people with severe learning disability to deliver extensive knowledge appropriate to this group but equally comparable to their mainstream peers. The pack is based on information from a variety of sources and supporting evidence. It uses an array of visual and tactile resources to enable children to maximise their learning including dance and movement, anatomically correct dolls, role play and experiential learning. It can be used with both individuals and groups of children and is effective in school, residential and home environments. Available here: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/11857/1/Puberty_&_Sexuality_Pack_-_NHS_Leeds_-_2009.pdf
Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood resource for Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Written by Adrienne Hannah, Carol Cutler and Mary Johnston for Learning and Teaching Scotland. The teaching pack is designed as an online resource to be used by staff working with young people with ASD in different settings such as mainstream secondary schools and youth work. The activities included in the pack have been designed specifically for this purpose and are intended to be informative, interactive and straightforward to deliver and are based on evidence and feedback from practitioners. Available here: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/inc51RSHP-ASD.pdf
Preparing for (and Surviving) Puberty
A practical guide by Joanne Barrie, Community Sexual Health Educator, NHS Forth Valley for parents and carers of children and young people with a learning disability’ This guidance provides information and advice for parents on a range of issues associated with puberty. https://www.centralsexualhealth.org/media/9025/prepareforpuberty.pdf
Autism Education Trust
Content relating to health and wellbeing:
Autism Sex Education
This blog is all about sexuality and relationship education and autism spectrum disorders, and is designed to support parents and professionals looking for support and information in this area.
Stay Safe Have Fun
This is a sexual health education app/website for young people aged 14 and over which cover aspects of sexual health, drugs and alcohol. Developed by Common Knowledge and the Scottish Drugs Forum. Aimed at young people with autism or a learning disability: http://health.ckuk.org.uk
BBC animations: PSHE for SEN
This series of short animations deal with a number of issues including:
• Personal space and boundaries
• First period
• Body hair
• Wet dreams
• Masturbation and inappropriate public behaviour
• Inappropriate touching
Online pornography and illegal content: an easy read guide
For older teenagers and adults, a tool for education and providing information. With explicit cartoon generated images. This guide is developed by Care Management Group, CHANGE and Choice Support.
For young adults the stories follow four couples in different types of relationships, working through how the relationship develops, getting to know each other, risks and sexual health information.
The stories can either be used online with audio or be printed off as a comic book. Guidance notes are also available to be downloaded to for educators/carers to use on an individual basis or within small groups.
Sex Explained: By Young Deaf People, for Young Deaf People
This film has been produced as part of a project at Manchester Deaf Centre
www.youtube.com/watch?v=diOZAvCN6ZE (16 minutes 11 seconds)
Prevention Videos: cover the following subjects Consent; Female Genital Mutilation; Forced Marriage; Sexting; Honour Based Abuse
Young Deaf Hope: Abuse and domestic violence Young Deaf Hope is working with young Deaf people of eleven years and older, to raise awareness of abuse and domestic violence. The aim is to help young people change or avoid abusive behaviour, and to help them to have healthy relationships and stay safe. www.signhealth.org.uk/our-projects/deafhope-projects/young-deafhope/
Animations on friendships and relationships
The agency CHANGE have now put their easy-read books on to YouTube as animated videos. There are further animations in the password protected ASN additional images section of the resource.
- Boyfriend and Girlfriend relationships (1 minute) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sExurK5suio
- Friendships (1 minute 20)
- Friendships and Relationships (9 minutes 35)
Exploring sexual and social understanding (Assessment Toolkit)
Edited by Karen Dodd, Keith Jones, Heather Liddiard and James Stroud
This teaching pack has been developed to provide a flexible visual resource that can be used to assess sexual knowledge and capacity to consent, and help to teach and discuss appropriate social and sexual behaviour. The pack has been revised to reflect the changes since its original development. It has had 36 pictures added to bring it up to date, particularly in relation to the use of technology and social media, and the increase in use of pornography. The capacity assessment form for consent to a sexual relationship has also been revised due to changes in case law in relation to consent to sex. The pack contains a CD-ROM containing 214 pictures which can be arranged into sequences to form stories. These can represent conventional, unconventional, legal and illegal social and sexual activities. The stories can be created by either the person with learning disabilities or the professional. Available to buy:
Sexuality and Relationship Education for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Professional’s Guide to Understanding, Preventing … and Responding to Inappropriate Behaviours
Hartman’s very concise and easy-to-access book on sexuality and relationships moves its readers progressively through the issues surrounding Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and associated social concepts. This book is essential reading for professionals and families alike, because it’s the first if its kind to include the wider understanding of relationships, as well as sexuality.
Taking Care of Myself: A Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism
Through Social Stories, the author teaches caregivers exactly what to say and not say, and shows how you can create helpful stories of your own. Mary addresses hygiene, modesty, body growth and development, menstruation, touching, personal safety, and more. Young students can benefit from self-care skills such as using the toilet, brushing teeth, and washing hands.
Making sense of sex: a forthright guide to puberty, sex and relationships for people with Asperger’s Syndrome
This book is ideal for those who need clear, detailed explanations and direct answers to the many questions raised by puberty and sexual maturity. Making Sense of Sex is a thorough guide written in unambiguous language with helpful diagrams, explanations and practical advice for young people approaching puberty and beyond.
When Young People with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Hit Puberty: A Parents’ Q&A Guide to Health, Sexuality and Relationships
Freddy Jackson Brown and Sarah Brown
A sensitive and practical guide that will help families and carers of young people with intellectual disabilities or autism to support and respond to their child’s emerging sexuality
Sexuality and Severe Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents, Caregivers and Health Educators
Kate E. Reynolds
A handbook for parents to educate children with severe autism about sexuality and staying safe.
Other physical resources
FAIR Health publications
Family Advice and Information Resource publish a series of booklets with text and illustration for people with learning disabilities. Available in hard copy and other formats, they may be available from your local NHS Resource Library.
Magnetic bodyboards allow pupils to produce their own puberty display using picture magnets.
Sexuality Education Teaching Dolls: Tak Tak and Kar Kar
Tak Tak and Kar Kar are a pair of sexuality education dolls designed to help parents, teachers and sexuality educators in conducting sexuality education to children. They are no ordinary dolls, as they have sexual organs and secondary characteristics. Available from the Family Planning Association of Hong King, English manual available.
Anatomically Correct Male and Female Cloth Models
Although originally developed for use with pupils with learning disabilities in educational settings, these realistic models can also be used as teaching aids for a wider range of children and young people in both formal and informal settings:
All About Us CD Rom and accompanying book
Family Planning Association
All About Us aims to help the personal development and knowledge of people with learning disabilities around sex, sexuality and relationships. It provides a self-study learning tool that can be used by someone with learning disabilities on their own, or with support, to introduce key issues. It can complement the delivery of sex and relationships education in the home, school, and other learning environments. The DVD-ROM edition comes with a British sign language interpreter option.