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!
A warm and insightful account of the emotional and physical changes that take place during adolescence. Full of practical advice on social boundaries given in clear language with visual illustrations. A wonderfully reassuring guide for children and their parents as they approach those formative years. – Lisa O’Sullivan, parent of child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
I have been teaching students on the autistic spectrum for over a decade now and I am energised to think that I can use these books in a comprehensive manner in my class, encourage parents to utilise this material in a comfortable and comforting way at home, and I am massively delighted to believe that students themselves will be able to access, follow and actually use these books! A huge step forward! – Nichola O'Grady, Special Needs Teacher, St. Laserian's Special School, Carlow, Ireland
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