The Puberty Video for Boys with Asperger Syndrome
RECOMMENDED BY THE SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL! More than a male and female anatomy lesson, this DVD also helps young men with social challenges understand how to interact positively with girls and women. Most importantly, it puts sex into perspective,revealing the truth behind the myths boys may see in the media. Read More
Audience: Young men ages 10-17 who are nearing or going through puberty and who have Asperger Syndrome or autism.
This video is narrated by a young man with Asperger Syndrome and a neurotypical female co-host and features anatomical drawings and animation. It describes how male and female bodies change during puberty and how to deal with these changes (and urges) in appropriate ways that avoid social, ethical, and legal pitfalls.
Introduction: Compares media images of sex to reality and offers an overview of the DVD's segments.
Puberty Basics: Describes male and female anatomies and how they change during puberty in ways that enable them to produce a child. Explains conception, fertilization and birth – and the moral and practical questions couples need to consider before they decide to have sex.
Your Male Body: Offers strategies and tactics to deal with the physical and mental changes puberty makes to a boy's body, including consulting a mentor.
The Female Body: Details how puberty changes girls bodies, explaining menstruation, premenstrual syndrome, and more.
Dating: Explains how puberty hormones affect brain chemistry to make boys and girls relate to each other differently. Describes respecting girls as people. Offers ways to find a girl to date and ask her out, how to act on a date, and where to find more information about social expectations. Also covers safe ways to meet face-to-face with someone you encounter on the Internet.
Sexuality: Describes establishing touching rules and what is considered sexual touching that can lead to unplanned intercourse. Details things men and women need to know about and consider carefully before having sex. Explains what being gay means. Describes methods of birth control and sexually transmitted disease prevention. Covers masturbation, the dangers of pornography, and how sex fits into adult lives.
Conclusion: Sums up what it means to be a man.
Length: 48 minutes
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up–Although this video is labeled for boys with Asperger syndrome, much of the material is appropriate for all boys. The chapters cover puberty basics—the male and female body, dating, and sexuality. The host, Drew, a young man with Asperger syndrome, and the female host, Sarah, explain through still drawings of unclothed... Read More
The DVD of this video offers optional English subtitles.