The Boys Guide to Growing Up: Choices and Changes During Puberty

The Boys Guide to Growing Up: Choices and Changes During Puberty

by Terri Couwenhoven


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The Boys' Guide to Growing Up gives boys with intellectual disabilities the facts they need to navigate puberty.

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
  • Moodiness
  • 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 Details

ISBN-13: 9781606130896
Publisher: Woodbine House
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 632,971
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Terri Couwenhoven, M.S., is an AASECT certified sexuality educator who specializes in working with people who have intellectual disabilities, their families, and the professionals who support them.
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

Puberty Basics

What Is Puberty? 2

When Will You Begin Puberty? 4

Outside Changes

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

Final Words

Growing Up Is Normal! 52

Growing Up Is Normal! 53

Index 61

About the Author 64

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The Boys Guide to Growing Up: Choices and Changes During Puberty 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a boy and have been going through puberty since I was 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plus boys dont have to deal with all what we have to deal with