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Resources to Support Children and Youth with Special Needs

Teens

 
Title (Source) Brief Summary Link Resource
1. Healthy Bodies: A Parent’s Guide on Puberty for Girls with Disabilities (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center) A guide for parents about talking to girls who have an intellectual or developmental disability about puberty and related issues. Healthy Bodies: A Parent’s Guide on Puberty for Girls with Disabilities PDF
2. Healthy Bodies: A Parent’s Guide on Puberty for Boys with Disabilities (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center) A guide for parents about talking to boys who have an intellectual or developmental disability about puberty and related issues. Healthy Bodies: A Parent’s Guide on Puberty for Boys with Disabilities PDF
3. “Self-Determination” Why is it Important for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities? (Thames Valley Children’s Centre) An information sheet that defines self-determination and explores its influence on the outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. “Self-Determination” Why is it Important for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities? PDF
4. Youth in Transition: A Toolkit for Supporting Youth with Developmental Disabilities (Southern Network of Specialized Care) This toolkit is meant to be used to support young adults from age 16-25 with developmental disabilities who may be dealing with issues involving independence, responsibility, communication, high risk behaviours, and other social or work issues. Youth in Transition: A Toolkit for Supporting Youth with Developmental Disabilities PDF
5. Sexuality and Disability: A Guide for Parents (Alberta Health Services) This resource offers parents guidance on how to talk to their children, teens, and young adults with special needs about sexuality, sexual development, dating and safety. Sexuality and Disability: A Guide for Parents PDF
6. Special Health Needs – For Teens (KidsHealth) This website provides a list of fact sheets about various medical conditions, aimed at helping teens with special health needs understand how they can stay healthy. Special Health Needs – For Teens Website
7. Helping Canadians with Disability/Chronic Disease Get Physically Active (Active Living Alliance) A tip sheet on encouraging people with special needs to get active, which may help teens to develop healthy exercise attitudes and habits. It includes communication strategies and possible modifications to make for activities. Helping Canadians with Disability/Chronic Disease Get Physically Active PDF
8. Teen’s Tips for Raising Confident and Independent Children (AbleThrive) An article from the point of view of a teen with cerebral palsy. He explains how his supportive parents made sure he grew into a confident and independent person. Teen’s Tips for Raising Confident and Independent Children Website
9. Parenting a Child with a Disability: The Teen Years (SheKnows.com) An article that discusses how puberty and sibling relationships can impact a teen with special needs. Parenting a Child with a Disability: The Teen Years Website
10. How to Handle Mood Swings (Centre for Autism Middletown) An article that talks about addressing mood swings in teenagers with autism. How to Handle Mood Swings Website
11. Cell Phone Safety: Information for Teens and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities (Connectability.ca) This cell phone safety guide is targeted for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. It covers topics such as why cell phones are important for safety, tips for using a phone safely, and how to choose the right phone. Cell Phone Safety Website
12. Online Safety and Social Media: Information for Teens and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities (Connectability.ca) This online safety guide is targeted for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. It covers topics such as email and online communication, adult content, online gaming, and how to connect with people on social media. Online Safety and Social Media Website