Adolescence can be a difficult time for children and families, and can be especially difficult for children with autism and developmental disabilities and their families. This presentation will provide an overview of the specific challenges present during puberty and adolescence, specifically issues of safety and sexuality. Strategies for increasing independence while remaining safe will be addressed, and the skills needed to protect children from being both victims of sexual abuse and offenders in the criminal justice system. In addition, issues and strategies surrounding healthy sexual expression, modesty, privacy, and boundaries will be discussed. This is a frank discussion of issues surrounding sexuality and safety. Children will not be admitted to this session.