Sexual Health Education for Youth with Special Needs

These books and resources have been hand-picked by me over the course of my career as a Sexual Health Educator.  I have used these resources myself, in classroom settings, small group sessions and with my one-on-one clients. A majority of these can be found at your local library. I know that finding accurate and up-to-date resources can be time consuming, so I have done the work for you!  Please enjoy them as I have.


Kerri Isham
Certified Sexual Health Educator

Resources for Youth


by: Valorie Lee Schaefer


by: Jacqui Bailey


by: Ruth Thomson

by: Frank C. Hawkins


by: Susan Meredith


by: Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer


by: Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer


by: St. Stephen’s CommunityHouse


by: St. Stephen’s CommunityHouse


by: Abigail Werner James (grade4-7)


by: Linda Schwartz


by: Lynda Schwartz


by: Sarah Atwood


by: Kate E. Reynolds


by: Kate E. Reynolds


by: Kate E. Reynolds


by: Kate E. Reynolds


by: Cynthia Lockrey

More Resources for Youth...

Social Stories

Creator & Library–(available on Apple products)



Sunny Hill Education Resource Centre – Lending library with many sexual health materials. The online catalogue will enable you to search by keyword, subject and author to assist you in determining what you need. This service is free of charge, they will mail you the resources you order and include a return mailing order to send them back. Standard borrowing time is 3 weeks.

Shift Education - Sexual health education flashcards and pictures.

Beyond Words - Empowering people through pictures and picture books. - Condom Cards

Facebook Groups


BC Parents and Service Providers of Special Needs DL and Homeschoolers


Behaviour Intervention-Respite Connection Vancouver Island (BC, Canada)

Resources for Adults and Professionals

by: Laura Dodsworth

by: Jodi Blank

by: Katie Huisman (colour photographs of women’s vulvas)

by: Alex Comfort

by: Laura Dodsworth (Pictures and stories of men’s genitals)

by: Nick Karras (black and white photography of the vulva)

by: Katherine McLaughlin (See also Sexuality Education for Students with Developmental Disabilities)

by: Meg Hickling and Saleema Noon

by: Kari Dunn Buren

More Resources for Adults and Professionals...
  • Sex Education for Persons with Special Needs – the most widely used sex education program for persons with developmental and learning disabilities. (James Stanfield and Company) - Call 1-800-421-6534

  • Beyond Words provides books and training to support people who find pictures easier to understand than words. Whether supporting somebody with a learning disability or communication difficulty, our products empower people through pictures.

  • Protocol for Personal Care (Adult or child) – Available at Community Options 830C Pembroke Street, Victoria, BC V8T 1H9 1-604-250-6363 Fax:  250-389-1110 (used to be  $2.00 plus S&H).

  • Sexual Health Education Curriculum

  • Puberty and Sexuality for Children and Young People with a Learning Disability

  • is an innovative website developed by Alberta educators and health professionals. We offer up-to-date, evidence-based information and strategies for teachers and educators teaching the Alberta Education Human Sexuality curriculum and for parents of children from birth up to 18 years of age.

  • AMAZE takes the awkward out of sex ed. Real info in fun, animated videos that give you all the answers you actually want to know about sex, your body and relationships.

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