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Boys grow and develop both mentally and physically at different rates and ages. Ideally, you should begin introducing your son to his body, including his genitals, at an early age. Then, when it is time to talk about the sexual function of his body, it may not be as difficult. Use your judgment in determining when your son is ready for a conversation about puberty and sexuality.
For many boys, this may be around age 9 to Whatever the age, it is important to think about where to begin. Find out what your son knows. Does he already know the body parts? Does he know what it means to have an erection? Use visuals such as drawings and pictures, or use a hand held mirror to help find out if he can name his body parts and genitals and tell you the function of each part. He may not be happy to hear that semen will come out of his penis, but reassure him that it is normal and a that he is growing to become a man.
Talk to him about privacy. Talk to him about appropriate people to discuss his experiences about puberty. There is a curriculum titled Circles, which provides a method for visually delineating relationships. The curriculum uses concentric circles to show levels of relationships, from strangers to those in the inner most circle who are people your son is closest to.
Visually show your son who fits into each circle and who he can talk to about puberty and sexuality issues. A good way to open the conversation is through books and materials that discuss puberty and sexual topics in a frank and straightforward manner. The end of this article offers several suggestions. It is important to prepare your son for nocturnal emissions before he is likely to experience one.
If it does, your pajamas and sheets will be wet. When this happens, take a shower, put your wet clothes and sheets in the washer, and put clean sheets on your bed. You have not wet the bed. This happens to all boys your age. Discussing masturbation is an anxiety-provoking moment for any parent.
This includes acknowledging that it is normal for your son to have sexual urges and interest. Because many children on the autism spectrum tend to self-stimulate in various ways, boundaries must be set around masturbation. You will need to be explicit. Teach rules for appropriate time and place, and tell your son that sometimes masturbation is not an option. Provide your son with scheduled private time where he will be undisturbed. Consider addressing the following with your son:. Remind your child of the rules you have established, and redirect your child to another activity or to a private location, as appropriate.
By establishing an open dialogue with your son about sexuality, which includes being safe and socially appropriate, you will help prepare him for adolescence and adulthood and will make him more likely to turn to you for information about sexuality in the future. This straight-forward book on puberty details changes to the bodies of males and females. The use of cartoons and humor sets a light mood for both the parent and child. This straight-forward book discusses puberty and the male body. A workbook companion piece entitled, My Body, My Self for Boys , can be purchased separately and includes games, checklists, and quizzes to reinforce what boys have learned.
Presented in a lesson plan format, the book is deed to help children on the autism spectrum make the connection between hygiene behaviors and how those behaviors are perceived by others. There is a CD with worksheets that can be downloaded and printed for use. This book is ideal for those who need clear, detailed explanations and direct answers to the many questions raised by puberty and sexual maturity. The book describes developments in both the male and female body, and explains how to maintain hygiene and personal care and how to promote general good health.
The book examines emotional changes, including moods and sexual feelings, and provides comprehensive information on sex, sexual health, and reproduction as well as the nature of friendship and how it may change over time. Personal Hygiene? This book was developed for individuals on the autism spectrum and other learning and developmental disabilities to help them understand how others perceive their appearance and the social implications of neglecting personal hygiene. There are quizzes and hands-on activities to demonstrate why and how to perform various hygiene tasks.
The book addresses hygiene, modesty, body growth and development, menstruation, touching, personal safety, and more. Basso; Fairview Press, 2d Ed. Written by a sex educator, this book is for teenagers. It provides accurate and objective information about sexuality to help teens understand their changing bodies and make informed decisions about sexual activity. Wynne and Donald M.
Silver; Dover Publications, This is a coloring book that teaches all parts of the body and body functions. This is a piece, double-sided, cardboard floor puzzle. One side displays the musculoskeletal system and the other shows the internal organs and the circulatory system. The Center for Autism Research and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia do not endorse or recommend any specific person or organization or form of treatment. All RIghts Reserved. Agreement for Use.
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