Doing What Comes Naturally?
Dispelling Myths and Fallacies about Sexuality and People with Disabilities
"Eventually, people with disabilities are denied the right to participate in loving relationships. Fear, control and denial are the real culprits of ignorance, oddity and victimization." &ndash Orieda Horn Anderson
Although the desire to love and be loved is innate, the ability to engage in healthy sexual relationships is not. Doing What Comes Naturally? is not just about intercourse and genitalia. It is about engaging in relationships; it is about self-esteem. Orieda Horn Anderson addresses topics such as signs of sexual abuse, sexual incident reporting and counseling techniques. She shares stories of success from situations that seemed impossible, and persons who seemed incapable of learning or modifying their behavior. These informative anecdotes show the hope and potential of not only the people Ms. Anderson has counseled, but many, many persons waiting for the proper supports. A longtime sex educator who is still working well into her 80's, Orieda has created a compassionate and practical guide for social workers, counselors, families and anyone who supports or cares about a person with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Table of Contents
IntroductionPart I Sexuality: Breaking Down Barriers &ndash Myths and Fallacies 1. Sexuality is an Important Part of Every Person's Life 2. Sex and People with Developmental Disabilities 3. Why Sexuality Must be Taught 4. Examining Our Attitudes About SexPart II Strategies for Teaching People with DD about their Sexuality 5. Knowing What to Teach 6. Tools and Methods 7. Counseling Techniques (especially in cases of abuse)Conclusion Appendix Glossary Assessment Questions Notes References