These are words well spoken by recognized leaders in the field, viz Drs. Greydanus and Omar. We add to the list of leaders, Dr. Elisabeth Quint, who is author of our lead article in this issue of the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.
2We must recognize that adolescents with developmental disabilities (DD) are sexual persons, as are all of us. Unfortunately, at times their progression through puberty and emotional and social aspects are ignored or at least not provided the attention they deserve. It has become increasingly obvious we need to be more proactive in this arena. Discussion of sexuality, assurance of privacy of each child and adolescent complementing education regarding self-care and social independence for patients in this category is indeed worthy of our attention.
- Quint E.
Adolescents with special needs: clinical challenges in reproductive health care.
J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2016; 29: 2
- Murphy N.
- Elias E.
Sexuality of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.
Pediatrics. 2006; 118: 398
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Published online: November 25, 2015
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