No, you can not do that. It's normal that they have the same feelings as everyone else. Its OK. He just needs to be taught where it is appropriate to take care of those needs. Bedroom with door close, bathroom or where ever. Its my understanding that DS men are sterile so I would not worry to much about that. But he needs to know where and when its OK. My son will go into his room and close his door sometimes even lock it, I know that he is taking care of his business.
I would like to suggest /recommend a wonderful book ( educational) for your son. It's entitled "Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about their bodies, Boundaries and Sexuality" ( a guide for parents and professionals)
by Terri Couwenhoven, MS...publisher; Woodbine House 2007
IBSN 978-1-890627-33-1 .
I ordered my copy from ( removed by the moderator )
Hoping this will help you,
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My daughter, who's 5, has been masterbating for a few years already. At first I wasn't sure what she was doing--one day I called the ped and told her that I thought that my daughter had a belly ache. She asked me, over the phone, what Erin was doing and I explained it to her. She educated me by telling me that Erin was masterbating. WOW!! I wouldn't have thought of that at such a young age.
I know that my 5 year old doesn't have the "social behavior" as a typical 5 year old so I do stop her from masterbating--especially when she's at someone elses house. I say to her "hands" and she knows what I'm talking about.
It is commonly believed that DS males are sterile, but, in actual fact they just have a lower sperm count, and therefore have a reduced chance of getting someone pregnant. It is possible tho, so normal birth control actions need to be in place.
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