Resources - Adolescence

Down Syndrome Australia resources

Adolescence Guide

Adolescence resource coverDown Syndrome Australia have developed an Adolescence Guide for parents and families to provide information about adolescence and Down syndrome. The document covers information about transition to high school, puberty, sexuality, post-school transitions and health and well-being.

Resources available in other languages

This Adolescence resource has been translated into five languages – Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic and Vietnamese. The translated versions are available on our Translated resources page.

Down Syndrome State and Territory resources

Really Useful booklets from Down Syndrome WA

Down Syndrome WA has developed these booklets to help children and teenagers with Down syndrome work through the decisions they need to make about schooling and leaving school. You can find the booklets below:

The Really Useful Leaving School Book 15-18 years

The Really Useful Moving to High School Book 10-12 years

Resources from other organisations

Better Health Channel - Talking to young people about sex

The Better Health Channel has information about talking to young people with intellectual disabilities available at Better Health Channel - Talking to young people about sex.

Issues of sexuality in Down syndrome

This article was written by Don Van Dyke, Dianne McBrien and Andrea Sherbondy. It includes information about sexual development, sexual abuse, dating, marriage and reproductive issues.

Puberty, adolescence and sexual health booklet from Down’s Syndrome Association UK

This booklet from Down’s Syndrome Association UK has information about relationships, puberty, masturbation and periods.

Sexuality FAQs – National Down Syndrome Society (USA)

This article answers frequently asked questions around Down syndrome and sexuality including information about development, relationships, sexual health and reproduction. You can read the article at the National Down Syndrome Society website.

Talk – Puberty and Down Syndrome

Susan Heighway gave this talk about puberty and Down syndrome at the 2017 Down Syndrome Day with the Experts at the Waisman Center (USA). You can find more talks at the Waisman Center website.