It's never too early or too late to help our sons and daughters learn about their bodies, privacy issues, safety and intimacy. Information, resources and support should be available to pre-teens and adolescents with developmental disabilities and their families on these and related issues but are usually in short supply in our communities.
Terri Couwenhoven, author of Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality
and The Girls� Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes in the Tween Years
has written a new book available this fall: The Boys Guide to Growing Up: Choices and Changes During Puberty
Via the Woodbine House Publishing website:
... 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. ...
Please share any resources you have found helpful for other families with questions or concerns.
SE of Seattle
Daughters with developmental disabilities may have even more difficulties than their mainstream peers expressing their questions and concerns about the physical changes that occur at puberty. Planning and preparing for a daughter's first period can help her become more adept and confident.
SE of SeattleTalking to Your Daughter About Her Period