Terri Couwenhoven

The Girls' Guide to Growing Up

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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, realistic 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?

... Body changes (height and shape, breasts and bras, body hair, skin and blemishes, body odor)

... Emotional changes (moodiness and handling your feelings, sexual feelings and what to do about them, flirting do's and don't's)

... Periods (what to expect, using a pad)

... Hygiene (keeping face and body clean, showering, using deodorant)

... Privacy, safety and social appropriateness (private parts, rules for who can touch you and 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. 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.

Terri Couwenhoven, MS, 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: A Guide for Parents and Professionals and other publications. When she is not teaching, she is clinic coordinator for the Down Syndrome Clinic of Wisconsin at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Terri has two daughters; her oldest has Down syndrome.

62 pages. 2011

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