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Puberty and Special Needs - Publications and Articles

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  • Create Time: 02/26/2013 18:47:26
  • Last Update Time: 02/27/2013 10:36:32

 Puberty and Special Needs - Publications and Articles by Terry Couwenhoven

Author Terri Couwenhoven is a well known sex educator and author, specializing in the design and implementation of sexuality programs and resources for people with cognitive disabilities, their parents, and the professionals who support them.  Her gentle, matter-of-fact approach combined with extensive knowledge and experience make her a popular speaker with self advocates, parents and professionals around the country.

For more information, please visit her website:

Publications & Articles

A Girl's Guide to Growing up by Terri Couwenhoven.

A Girls’ Guide to Growing Up: Choices and Changes in the Tween Years

This one-of-a-kind book is designed specifically for puberty-aged girls with intellectual disabilities who benefit from concrete, clear, direct information in simplified forms (3rd grade reading level). The book describes the physical and emotional changes of puberty, privacy, periods and how to handle them, and safety and exploitation concepts. A perfect textbook for middle school special education classes.

2011, ISBN: 978-1-60613-026-1 Available from  Woodbine House.


Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Teaching Children with Down Syndrome About Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

This award-winning book is written for parents, teachers, professionals and support people who are interested in learning how to support healthy sexuality and teach sexuality topics to children, teens and young adults people who have intellectual disabilities (not just Down syndrome as insinuated in the title).  The book offers guidance on how to teach about the body, privacy, social skills, relationships, and   exploitation prevention. Sample activities and pictures for improving comprehension are included.

2007 , ISBN:978-1-890627-33-1  Available from Woodbine House.


The Boys' Guide to Growing Up: Choices and Changes During Puberty


Boys’ Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes During Puberty

This book, for boys with developmental disabilities, is a great introduction to the  physical and emotional changes that happen during puberty. Sexual feelings, erections, ejaculations, and wet dreams are explained using simple words and concrete pictures. This is a great resource for boys who struggle with reading (3rd grade reading level) or comprehension.

2012, ISBN: 978-1-60613-089-6  Available from Woodbine House



ARticle on becoming a woman in the Impact newsletter

Feature Issue on Sexuality

Becoming a Woman. Teaching Healthy Sexuality to My Daughter   

Click here for a free pdf of the article.



Sexuality Education: Foundation of Healthy Attitudes.

Disability Solutions, 4:5.



Sexuality Education: Building on a Foundation of Healthy Attitudes

Disability Solutions, 4:6. 

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