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Growing Up Book for Boys: What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know!

by Davida Hartman Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pub Date:
03/2015
ISBN:
9781849055758
Format:
Hbk 72 pages
Price:
AU$27.99 NZ$28.69
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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The Growing Up Book for Boys explains the facts behind the growth spurts, body changes and mood swings of adolescence for boys aged 9-14 on the autism spectrum. The pre-teen and teenage years are a confusing time when bodies start acting with a will of their own, friendships change and crushes start to develop. Using direct literal language and cool colour illustrations, this book tells boys all they need to know about growing hair in new places, shaving, wet dreams and unexpected erections. It's full of great advice on what makes a real friend, how to keep spots away, and how to stay safe online. Most importantly, it explains that every body is amazing and unique and encourages young boys with autism to celebrate difference!

Advice for Parents and Professionals. Introduction. 1. Bodies. 2. Hair. 3. Boy Stuff. 4. What Is Happening to My Penis? 5. Hygiene 6.Clothes. 7. Skin. 8. Emotions. 9. Crushes. 10. Friends. 11. The Internet. 12. Your Body Belongs to You. 13. I am Me. All I Ever Need to Be. 14. What About the Girls? Further Reading.

This well-illustrated book for boys approaching puberty gives lots of information on all the specific things having to do with growing up. Aimed at young people on the autistic spectrum, including those with Asperger's syndrome, it explains in detail and in simple language all the things one needs to know. It could also be useful to those not on the spectrum, particularly as it answers lots of questions on things that other books often don't go into...I particularly liked the section on girls and how they go through puberty too. There are several pages of information for parents and carers at the end of the book and a short list for further reading. Altogether, this makes a readable and interesting book for boys, who will find the information invaluable during these turbulent growing up years.
Davida Hartman is a Senior Educational Psychologist in the Developmental and ASD Psychology Department for Carlow and Kilkenny, Irish Health Service Executive. She is a regular lecturer and trainer on sexuality and relationship education for children with ASD and consults to a number of different groups and agencies. She has been working with children and adolescents with ASD for thirteen years in the capacity of a psychologist and a teacher. Davida received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, her MA in Educational Psychology from University College Dublin, and she is a Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Her website can be visited at www.autismsexeducation.com.