(BEHAVIOUR AND BOUNDARIES)
Children with autism must be taught about body awareness, sexual issues
and relationships. This is very important as people with autism often
experience difficulties in reading social situations and may not realise that
their behaviour is inappropriate. Explanations must be given in a clear, calm
way that they are able to understand, even if you find it difficult.
People with autism can be confused by body language, facial expressions
and tone of voice which leads to bewilderment, misunderstanding and upset.
They may also be confused or worried about changes that are happening to
their bodies and their feelings.
HOW CAN I HELP?
- Teach socially appropriate behaviour before • puberty begins.
- If your child has ‘inappropriate’ behaviour make sure you know the purpose – it may be different to what you think.
- Comment on the inappropriate behaviour as it happens. Explain why it is and also how the situation/matter could have been handled.
- Be calm, clear and consistent. Repeated messages will help learning.
- Ensure your child has understood. Ask them to tell you in their
- own words.
- Find out from the school what topics will be covered during PSHE lessons. Talk to the teacher if you are not sure about anything. Try to work together.
- Make sure you are aware of what your child is watching on TV or film for any sexual content. Check your child’s understanding of what he is seeing.
MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE:
• National Autistic Society – www.autism.org.uk
• Family Planning Association – www.fpa.org.uk