17.2.4 Sexual adjustment
The sexual development of those with ID follows a normal course in most cases. It is important that children with ID learn about human sexual relationships and marriage. They are also likely to require education about the physical aspects of sexual intimacy and body function. Parents may find such conversations difficult but it is important that they take place. One reason for this is that, given their intellectual difficulties, those with ID may be open to exploitation and abuse if they have no understanding of sexual matters. Both boys and girls with ID should know about the potential dangers and appropriate protection in this area.