Written at a third-grade reading level for boys aged 9-16 with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, fragile X, or other special needs, this book is the companion to The Girls' Guide to Growing Up (2011), also by Terri Cowenhoven. The author, a certified sexuality educator, draws on more than 20 years experience conducting workshops on puberty and sexuality issues with boys, girls, families, and professionals.
The book's succint text, realistic illustrations, and learning activities enable boys to read the book themselves or follow along with the aid of an adult. Its reassuring, matter-of-fact tone shows boys what changes--inside and out--to expect during puberty, and how to manage them:
- Growth spurts and bigger muscles
- Voice cracking and deepening
- Blemishes and oily skin
- Body and facial hair
- Crushes, flirting, and sexual feelings
- Erections, wet dreams, and masturbation
The Boys' Guide to Growing Up gives practical advice on commonplace concerns such as shaving, what to do about zits, and how to smell nice. More complex and essential topics are covered too, such as how to know when flirting is reciprocated (or not!), how to hide or discourage an erection in public, what information is okay to share with others versus what should remain private, and how to stay safe. It's a must-have book for boys on the brink of puberty, teens who are in the midst of it, and the adults who care for them.
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 13 Years|
About the Author
She is the author of Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality and The Girls' Guide to Growing Up. When she is not teaching, she is Clinic Coordinator for the Down Syndrome Clinic at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Ms. Couwenhoven has two daughters; her oldest has Down syndrome.
Table of Contents
Note to Parents vii
What Is Puberty? 2
When Will You Begin Puberty? 4
Changes in Your … Growth 6
Changes in Your … Private Parts 8
Hair, Hair, Everywhere! 9
Changes in Your … Skin 11
Inside Body Changes
Changes in Your … Voice 16
Changes in Your … Feelings 17
Changes in … Sexual Feelings 19
About Your Penis
What Is an Erection? 28
What Is an Ejaculation? 31
Handling Yourself around Others
Handling Yourself around Others 36
Keeping Yourself Safe 38
Public or Private
What Are the Private Body Parts? 46
Public or Private? 47
Growing Up Is Normal! 52
Growing Up Is Normal! 53
About the Author 64
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a boy and have been going through puberty since I was 10.
Plus boys dont have to deal with all what we have to deal with