REVIEWS - Managing Puberty, Social Challenges, and (Almost) Everything: A Video Guide for Girls
School Library Journal (Excerpt)
Gr 5 Up – Navigating the world of growing up can be tricky for adolescents and it can be hard to find just the right advice. The narrator in this video plays the role of the caring older sister as she gives helpful hints about puberty and social skills. The information presented is honest and straightforward, designed to help girls—particularly those with developmental challenges—understand what they can expect physically, mentally, and socially as they transition into womanhood. The narrator describes what happens physically during puberty, covering topics such as growth, menstruation, and conception. She offers suggestions about what girls can do when they don’t feel good about themselves, such as focusing on their strengths, helping others, and keeping a gratitude journal. She discusses making friends and being social, defining what friendship is and stressing the need to pay attention to others’ social cues. There’s also basic advice on dating, understanding sexuality, and how to stay safe. An accompanying PDF provides additional resource material. Endorsed by a panel that includes psychologists, autism education experts, parents, teachers, and girls, this video can be a particularly valuable resource for those with special needs.
Dr. Nancy E. Holmes, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Washington University in St. Louis.
"Wow! A straightforward, well-written, easy to understand, comprehensive, enjoyable treatment of an amazing variety of topics all girls need to know -- not just girls who have difficulty with socialization. (Frankly, I think almost every girl in puberty has problems with socialization and navigating the rough changes in body and social expectations.) The narrator feels like a friend who cares and wants to help, rather than an adult lecturing. She's a gem. Watching this made me remember covering bits and pieces of all the DVD's topics with a wide range of girls over the years, mostly fifth through eighth grade. I keep thinking of groups I would love to have see this because the video did such a thoughtful, non-threatening, thorough job. "
Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., Yale University, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology - Review in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
The Puberty Video for Boys with Asperger Syndrome (and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Level 1) DVD, 48 Minutes and Managing Puberty, Social Challenges, and (Almost) Everything: A Video Guide for Girls: DVD, 80 Minutes
Two excellent resources for parents these complementary DVDs provide important basic information on puberty for more cognitively able individuals with social learning challenges. These provide straightforward, low-key, fact based perspectives on puberty for boys and girls. Importantly, the DVDs focus on relationships as well as the physical aspects of adolescent development and address
many of the myths—as well as the facts—about puberty. The videos are co-hosted by a young man and woman. They provide information on bodily changes during puberty and ways to deal with these changes. Information on the ‘basics’ of sexuality is provided with an emphasis on the need for students to think about consequences. Sections on dating and sexuality include helpful video clips and these illustrate important principles about dating as well as social interaction. Topics covered include the basics of both male and female puberty, basic aspects of dating and potential differences in perception of boys and girls. The information on expectations and guidance on how to develop a beginning relationship is well done, as is the thoughtful review of issues of intimacy and sexuality. An important aspect of these videos is the potential for parents to use them in beginning a discussion with their
teen with autism/Asperger’s. The DVDs are sensibly divided into chapters that would allow adults to tailor the discussion with the teen involved. For both boys and girls, the complementary materials help the students understand risks, e.g., of internet relationships, as well as aspects of intimacy in the context of ongoing relationships. These are truly excellent resources that will be valued by parents and
Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), Ziggurat Group, Organization for Autism Research, and Author
"Coulter Video has created an excellent resource for girls with autism -- and really for all girls -- who have questions regarding puberty, sexuality, safety, dating, and friendships. "Managing Puberty, Social Challenges, and (Almost) Everything" discusses these topics directly and with sensitivity. The underlying message is one of empowerment, self-respect, and self-confidence. This video is a must-have for girls and those who teach and support them."
Teresa Bolick, Ph.D., Psychologist and Author, The Bolick House
"The Coulters have put together a video that is priceless for any young woman! This video explains in candid and factual terms the physical, emotional, and social challenges of puberty. The combination of vivid images, memorable scenes, and age-appropriate humor is bound to capture the attention of girls who are already skittish about "the movie" or 'the talk.' And the verbal, picture, and text review at the end of each chapter increases the likelihood that girls will remember the key points. Added bonuses are the inclusion of information about bullying, social media, and fashion -- and the emphasis on getting a mentor. I can't wait to show it to the young women I know, as well as their parents and professional teams."
Sue Moreno, M.A.A.B.S., founder and president of MAAP Services for Asperger Syndrome and Autism
Done simply, sensitively, and truthfully, the Coulter’s compile essential information for girls approaching puberty to girls in their older teens. They can view this with caregivers for learning and discussion. The information is presented in short segments with reviews after each. I love the great segues and mild humor added in to lighten the tone (I think more for us parents who will watch this with our kids than for the girl with an ASD). A wonderful PDF is included with wonderful resources for additional information. I think I speak for many parents who have had a heck of a time in discussing the information our daughters and sons need to be safe and happy in their passage from childhood into adulthood. Wish I’d had this when my girls were young… not just for my daughter who has autism, but for my non-spectrum daughter as well!
Comment from Parent
Just finished watching with my 13 year old daugher and had to tell you immediately that we loved it! The narrator was perfection, just the right tone and emphasis, and the content was excellent. While I have been educating my daughter since she was about 9, and she was prepared when her period started at 10, this video covered the mechanics of puberty AND the social aspects which we've been teaching piecemeal rather than as a whole. You covered many subjects -- clothing as social communication -- that I've had difficulty getting across. You also addressed much of sexuality that I hadn't yet broached -- and gave us opportunity for continued discussion. THANK YOU! We had borrowed the video from a friend, but are immediately buying our own copy to keep for reference. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!