Some Randomly Inspired Sex Education Videos

For the past couple of days I have been trawling the internet looking for videos to support sexuality and relationship education for children with special needs. Something clear, straightforward and child friendly and preferrably free. No confusing talking condoms or scary graphics. Unfortunately, I bring you nothing useful.

I have had to trawl through some pretty horrific sights, and these are the only ones I found to be even vaguely suitable:

1. My Body Belongs to Me (With a puppet, not ideal as it is a conceptual barrier. Also no visuals).

2. My Body is My Body song (Which I quite like but again it doesn’t actually contain supporting visuals).

3. My Body Belongs to Me: An Aimated Short Film (Which is almost right but includes a very specific scenario of an uncle’s friend touching him which I don’t care for, especially as abuse so often happens with a trusted person. Also it is a bit wordy).

However, I did manage to have a few laughs along the way. So to make up for the lack of good resources in this post, and just for fun on a cold December day, here are a couple of quite hilarious in different ways sex education vidoes from days of yore:

1. The Story of Menstruation, as told by Walt Disney.

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2. Sex Education: from the Mario Brothers.

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Please don’t ever show this Mario Brothers video to a child with autism! Those are some scary sperm.

If anyone knows any suitable videos that they’d recommend, please do let me know.

Books Beyond Words

 

For anyone who hasn’t come across these already, Beyond Words (a registered charity) produce a series of picture books called Books Beyond Words, which are a truly brilliant resource. Each of their books tells a stories in pictures (i.e. there are no words at all) to help people with learning and communication difficulties explore and understand their own experiences, e.g. grief and abuse.Titles relevant to sex education include:

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A written storyline, guidelines and resources for supporters and professionals on the topic of each book are also provided. These books are fantastic for adolescents with ASD due their visual nature, which means that supporting adults can adjust their language depending on the language skills of the child without any text to distract.

However, they are designed for adults and so the illustrations are of course of adults. And while it is nice to see a range of realistic body shapes, I find some of the illustrations quite unattractive and therefore not very child friendly. But one of my bugbears in life is how poor the illustrations are in resources and books for children and adults with special needs, so this could be just me being fussy! If they get the message across is a way that the child enjoys and understands then this of course doesn’t matter at all. 

 

Assessing Sexual Behaviours in Children – Update

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I posted a while back about the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault traffic light system for assessing children’s sexual behaviours. While this is a great resource, I recently discovered that the marvellous Brook charity has produced something similar but much better and more user friendly and accessible, its Traffic Light Tool. Brook’s website includes lots of information about the topic as well as guidance on how to use it. It also includes a kind of quiz with examples of the kind of situations that are witnessed by / reported to professionals working with children and young people which can be used as training exercises. Factsheets on all topics are easily printed in PDF format. This really is an excellent resource. 

Besides this tool, Brook (the UK’s largest young people’s sexual health charity) is an excellent organisation, whose resources are typically high quality, user friendly and evidence based. Their website is worth a check out. 

 

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