The Growing Up Book for Boys
Release Date:21 Mar 2015

The Growing Up Book for Boys

What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know!

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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!

RELATED TOPICS: Disability Studies, Reference
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
Davida Hartman is a Senior Educational Psychologist in the Developmental and ASD Psychology Department for Carlow and Kilkenny, Irish Health Service Executive. She also consults, lectures and provides training on a range of topics related to supporting and educating children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. She has been working with children and adolescents with ASD for fifteen years as a psychologist and a teacher. Davida received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, her MA in Educational Psychology from University College Dublin, and she is a Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). She is the author of Sexuality and Relationship Education for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Her website can be visited at She lives in Kilkenny, Ireland. Margaret Anne Suggs holds an MA in Visual Communications from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and is a proud member of the Illustration Guild of Ireland. When Margaret Anne is not happily drawing in her studio, she is enjoys teaching Illustration at Ballyfermot College of Further Education.
Advice for Parents and Professionals. Introduction. 1. Bodies. 2. Hair. 3. Boy Stuff. 4. What Is Happening to My Penis? 5. Hygiene 6.Clothes. 7. Skin. 8. Emotions. 9. Crushes. 10. Friends. 11. The Internet. 12. Your Body Belongs to You. 13. I am Me. All I Ever Need to Be. 14. What About the Girls? Further Reading.
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