Linkages is a newsletter for professionals who work with children who have ongoing health conditions or disabilities.

“Sexual health education provides information and opportunities to assist any youth – regardless of their ability – to develop life skills.”

Advocates for Youth


Healthy Bodies – A Parent’s Guide to Puberty for Youth with Disabilities: Colorful, easy to follow books for girls and boys. Covers hygiene, growth and changes during puberty. Appendix includes storyboards and visuals to support what is covered in the book.



For Parents: Teaching Sexual Health

How do I talk to my child about good touch vs. bad touch”? “How can I explain what consent means”?

This website helps parents navigate questions like these and provides many resources and ideas including:

  • How to prepare and start conversations with your child
  • Age and topic specific information
  • Engaging and simple videos



How to Talk about Sex and Relationships with Your Child with Special Needs: 19 tips for talking to your child about sexuality and relationships from parents and special needs professionals. From SCOPE – a UK-based disability charity, offering support for disabled people and their families.



Article: Sexual Health Education for Young People with Disabilities: This in-depth article covers key concepts on sexuality and disability, identifies disabilities that are common among young people and provides guidelines for parents on how to talk with their young person about their sexuality and sexual health.



Books for Parents, Youth and Professionals



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Disclaimer: The inclusion of any resource or website in Linkages does not imply endorsement. Produced by the Center for Children with Special Needs, a program of Seattle Children’s with support from the Washington State Department of Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program.


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