Making Sense of Sex
A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex and Relationships for People with Asperger’s Syndrome
This book is ideal for those who need clear, detailed explanations and direct answers to the many questions raised by puberty and sexual maturity. Making Sense of Sex is a thorough guide written in unambiguous language with helpful diagrams, explanations and practical advice for young people approaching puberty and beyond.
Sarah Attwood describes developments in both the male and female body, and explains how to maintain hygiene and personal care, and to promote general good health. She also examines emotional changes, including moods and sexual feelings, and provides comprehensive information on sex, sexual health and reproduction.
She looks at the nature of friendship, how it changes from childhood to adulthood and its importance as a basis for sexual encounter. She also offers coping strategies for different social experiences, from bullying to dating, and includes essential tips on the politics of mature behaviour, such as knowing the difference between public and personal topics of conversation.
Puberty is a time of huge change in the physical body, in emotional experience and in social relationships. Having an understanding of these developments and learning how to deal with them is essential. Additionally, for people with Asperger’s syndrome it can be a challenge to get to grips with the social and emotional aspects of puberty, sex and relationships.
320 Pages. Recommended for ages 9-17.
Sarah Attwood worked for fifteen years as a sexuality educator in Australia, where she designed a wide range of sexual health programmes. Her particular areas of expertise include the education of parents as well as school children aged 9 to 17 years. Also, she grew up with a sister who has Asperger’s syndrome and who has been an inspiration to her.
Jonathon Powell completed a Diploma of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Animation at Griffith University, Queensland. He has illustrated material for Family Planning Queensland. These materials include several brochures, an education manual, Talking About It, and a CD-Rom package, Puberty Plus. Most recently, he has illustrated a number of independent publications.