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Cygnet PSR - training for parents and carers

Presented by Morag Hards STLS.

Barnardos Cygnet PSR aims and sessional learning outcomes:

  1. For parents to develop their understanding and confidence relating to puberty, sexual wellbeing and relationships and how they may impact on children on the autistic spectrum.
  2. To offer parents the opportunity to participate in activities that they could use to explore puberty, sexual wellbeing and relationships with their children at home.

General principles of the sessions

Why it is so important to support young people on the autistic spectrum with issues relating to puberty, sexual wellbeing and relationships Sexuality is a central aspect of being human throughout life and is experienced and expressed in thoughts, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviours, practices, roles and relationships.

Many of the component parts that make up the concept of ‘sexuality’ are abstract and require good levels of communicative skills, social understanding and the ability to know that other people have feelings, beliefs and desires that may or may not be similar to our own.

Individuals on the autistic spectrum will go through the physical changes of puberty and develop sexual needs, feelings and drives no matter how child-like their other behaviours may seem to be and will typically struggle with the more abstract aspects of learning. Consequently, they may have
difficulty understanding and coping with their changing bodies and the impact of their behaviour on others.

If young people on the autistic spectrum are not given the opportunity to access the ‘tools’ to help them manage their potentially confused understanding of their bodies, sexual desires and understanding of relationships they are open to exploitation or at worse ending up in the criminal justice system.

Refreshments will be provided.

We require a minimum of one weeks’ notice of cancellation for a full refund.

How to book

To book a place or for further details please contact Gemma Geddes:

Telephone: 01303 847555 (opt 3)






The Beacon School


Park Farm Road, Folkestone, Kent CT19 5DN


£15 per person

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