Talking about puberty, periods and sexual health and getting the help you need


All of these topics can be tricky to discuss. These tips might help you have good conversation with your child:

  • Keep language simple
  • Be honest
  • Remain positive
  • Admit when you don’t know something (and offer to find out together)
  • Use visual aids like board maker to tell stories

Here are some storyboards that we have made that may be useful conversation starters:

Girl’s business

Boys Business

Boy’s Business discussion board

Touching others discussion board

Touching social story


Where to get extra help

If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s development in regards to puberty you can get more help from these places:

  • Your child’s paediatrician
  • Family GP
  • Teachers or support workers at your child’s school
  • Family planning 


Related articles you may be interested in:

Puberty – Resources for parents of children with a developmental disability

Periods – Menstruation resources for parents of girls with a developmental disability

Sexual Health – Resources for parents of young people with a developmental disability


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