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ERIC Number: ED290248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Social and Sexual Needs of Disabled Students: A Counseling Challenge.
Cooney, Margaret H.
The paper discusses the social and sexual developmental needs of disabled students, who are often viewed as asexual beings, and describes ways counselors can help disabled students recognize and fulfill such needs. The human needs of the handicapped student are described at three life stages. In the developmental years, from infancy to 5 years, the child has such needs as to be emotionally loved, to be physically loved and held, to receive social skill training, and to play with children his or her own age. In the formative years, covering age 6 to 13 years, the child needs to develop a positive self-concept, to clarify values, to develop appropriate social and sexual behavior, to be able to talk with parents about sexuality and social concerns, etc. The third stage, adolescence (age 14 to 19 years), is a time for further development of the student's sexual identity and positive body image. Counseling strategies involve being aware of the students' social and sexual needs; being aware of one's own attitudes and consequent behaviors; encouraging interaction between the counselor and special education teachers, parents, and families; and encouraging social interaction between disabled and able-bodied students at school. (JDD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A