My 16 year old son who has DS has been acting out sexually. This is not the first time and has been happening for several years now. The last occurrence was today in the boys bathroom where he was with another disabled boy and he had his shirt off and pants undone. I don't think anything happened but I am afraid for my other two children at home. He tends to target those who are weaker than him. Is this normal behavior for teens with downs? I have set him up an appointment with a psychiatrist. But am not sure what else to do. Advice is welcome.
You have done the right thing by setting up an appointment with the psychiatrist. As children grow, like any other teen, a Down Syndrome adolescent too has sexual needs and seeks fulfillment. However, he may be as equipped in completely understanding the change as others are. So psychotherapy will help. Other than this, maybe his father could sit down with him and explain what can be done and what cannot. Like: it is ok to masturbate, but not in front of others.
Hope this helps. Take care!
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