The Growing Up Book for Boys What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know! by Davida Hartman


The Growing Up Book for Boys What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know! by Davida Hartman

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!


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 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 This well-illustrated book for boys approaching puberty gives lots of information on all the specific things having to do with growing up. Aimed at young people on the autistic spectrum, including those with Asperger's syndrome, it explains in detail and in simple language all the things one needs to know. It could also be useful to those not on the spectrum, particularly as it answers lots of questions on things that other books often don't go into...I particularly liked the section on girls and how they go through puberty too. There are several pages of information for parents and carers at the end of the book and a short list for further reading. Altogether, this makes a readable and interesting book for boys, who will find the information invaluable during these turbulent growing up years. HealthyBooks

About the Author

Davida Hartman is the Director and Senior Educational Psychologist at The Children's Clinic, Dublin, providing child and educational psychology services to children 0-18. She is a lecturer and trainer in the area of autism and consults to a number of different groups and agencies. She has been working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum for sixteen years in the capacity of 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). Her website can be visited at

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68 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

21st March 2015



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