This list of puberty books disability has been compiled for the parents who reach out to me, looking for books about puberty that are suitable for their child with a disability.
Sex education in the field of disability is a specialisation. It is not my area of expertise, so I have reached out to some peers who work in this area. And these are the puberty books disability that they recommend, based on their own experiences and on parent feedback.
The SECCA App is a free innovative resource to support access to relationships and sexuality education for people of all ages and abilities. It can be used by parents to start teaching their child about a wide range of topics pertaining to love, sex, relationships and growing up. You can access the SECCA App here
Special Boys’ Business supports boys, their parents and carers through the changes experienced at puberty. Information is presented simply, with clear pictures and limited text.
Special Girls’ Business takes a girl and her carer step-by-step through the process of managing periods. Information is presented simply, with clear pictures and limited text.
Puberty and Special Girls provides practical information about growing up and will help girls understand the changes they will experience at puberty. It is easy to understand, includes excellent illustrations and offers age appropriate information in a friendly and inclusive manner.
Ellie notices that her body is changing. Hair is growing in new places and there are other changes happening too. Ellie’s mum helps her understand that she has started growing into a woman. Following Ellie as she begins to notice changes to her body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach girls with autism and related conditions about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as periods. This fully illustrated positive and entertaining book provides the perfect opportunity to talk about puberty with girls and young women with autism or related conditions.
This accessible and positive resource helps parents and carers teach girls and young women with autism or related conditions about masturbation. It covers when and where it is appropriate and helps to establish boundaries surrounding privacy more generally. With simple but explicit illustrations, this book provides the perfect platform to talk about sexuality with girls and young women with autism or related conditions. You can watch a video review here.
Tom notices that his body is changing. Tom’s voice is different and hair is growing in new places. There are other changes happening too. Tom learns that he has started growing into a man. Following Tom as he begins to notice changes to his body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach boys with autism or other special needs about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as wet dreams. This fully illustrated positive and entertaining book provides the perfect opportunity to talk about puberty with boys and young men with autism or special needs. You can watch a video review here.
This accessible and positive resource helps parents and carers teach boys with autism or other special needs about masturbation. It covers when and where it is appropriate and helps to establish boundaries surrounding privacy more generally. With simple but explicit illustrations, this book provides the perfect platform to talk about sexuality with boys and young men with autism or special needs. You can watch a video review here.
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. You can watch a video review here.
The Growing Up Guide for Girls is a one-stop guide for young girls on the autism spectrum explaining all they need to know about puberty and adolescence. You can watch a video review here.
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.
Here’s a book just for girls beginning a new phase of their lives! This appealing and easy-to-follow guide for girls with intellectual disabilities is an introduction to the physical and emotional changes they’ll encounter during puberty. Written on a third-grade reading level for preteens or young teenaged girls to read by themselves or with a parent, it’s filled with age-appropriate facts, illustrations and photos, icons, and a Q&A. The Girls’ Guide to Growing Up advises girls about their changing bodies, privacy issues, and how to feel their best, including: What is puberty? Outside changes (height & shape, breasts & bras, body hair, skin & blemishes, body odor & deodorant) Inside changes (moodiness & handling your feelings, sexual feelings & what to do about them, flirting do’s & don’t’s) Periods (what to expect, using a pad) Hygiene (keeping face & body clean, showering) Privacy, Safety & Social Appropriateness (private parts, rules for who can touch you & when, rules for touching others, what to do if you feel unsafe) The Girls’ Guide to Growing Up is written by an experienced sex educator who specializes in working with people with intellectual disabilities and who is also the author of the popular Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality (see page 13). Parents, physicians, schools, and support groups will want to share this encouraging book with girls to help answer their questions about puberty and reassure them it’s all part of growing up.
Boyfriends & Girlfriends explains the dos and don’ts of dating for teens and adults with disabilities and validates their normal, age-appropriate desire for companionship and romance. The book covers the biggest questions and smallest concerns of every would-be dater, including: Who is an appropriate dating partner & who is not How to read signals & judge whether the interest is mutual How to ask someone out on a date How to turn down a date How to handle rejection What sexual feelings are How to work through problems in a relationship What to do when a relationship is not working Written and illustrated for a hi/lo reader, Boyfriends & Girlfriends is perfect for anyone who is already in a relationship, ready to start one, or still only dreaming about it. The guide is also an informative read for parents, counselors, and other support providers.
You can watch my video review of this book here.
Children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) require specialized teaching strategies when learning about puberty, sexuality and relationships. This professional resource offers practical teaching advice geared towards the needs of young people on the autism spectrum.
Beginning with information on good practice, policy, teaching methods and recent research, the book then divides into key sex education topics that assist professionals in developing their own individualized and developmentally appropriate curricula. Covering issues of gender, public and private, puberty, hygiene, emotions, sex and more, each topic provides an overview of the difficulties that children with autism might experience, discussion and activity ideas and photocopiable resources including instructional stories, checklists and illustrations. The final section demonstrates how to respond to ongoing patterns of inappropriate behaviour and put together a behaviour plan.
Aiming to explain and support the child’s developing sexuality while also addressing crucial issues of safety, this book is a much-needed teaching manual for all professionals working with children and young adults with autism including educators in mainstream and special education, psychologists, therapists and social workers.
Drawing on her unique background as both a sexual educator and mother of a child with Down syndrome, author Terri Couwenhoven blends factual information and practical ideas for teaching children with Down syndrome about their bodies, puberty, and sexuality. This book gives parents the confidence to speak comfortably about these sometimes difficult subjects. It also explains why it’s so important to begin early in the life of a child to deal with issues such as hygiene, emotional and physical boundaries, privacy, and what makes for healthy relationships. In a friendly conversational style, the author covers relevant issues and concerns for children of all ages, such as:
She also covers later issues that affect teenagers and young adults, including:
Teachers Pay Teachers has some wonderful teaching eResources at low prices, that would be easy for parents to use.
The United Kingdom site TES also has eResources that you can print and download at low prices.
You can find other resources to complement puberty books disability in the Sex Education resources list.
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