'This guide, with its clear, practical writing; diagrams; and table of sexual terms in their common, scientific, slang, and euphemistic forms, would be a huge help to any teen with AS as well as to his/her loved ones and caretakers. It can be read alone, but it can also - and ideally - inspire discussion between those with AS and the adults in their life. Strongly recommended for academic and public libraries with autism collections... The author, whose husband, Tony Attwood, wrote The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome, is uniquely suited to pen this work - she grew up with a sister who has Asperger's syndrome (AS) and was a sexuality educator in Australia for 15 years. Here, she wisely discusses sexuality within a wider swath of social issues, from conversational skills and friendship to bullying, healthy lifestyle, personal hygiene, dating, sexual practices and health, birth control, and pregnancy. Attwood has a clear handle on the AS mentality: e.g., in discussing personal hygiene (often not a priority among teens with AS), she not only explains the hows but she also goes into the whys of its importance.'- Library Journal'For any parent or professional working with children on the autism spectrum, there are ideas within this book that can be adapted to answer questions or challenging situations that often occur without warnng. Making Sense of Sex is presented in such a way that makes it easy for the practitioner to source coping strategies for every situation from learning about your self and how to make healthy choices to understanding emotions and how to development friendships.'- GAP Good Autism Guide'Sarah's book is an essential resource for all families who have an adolescent with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, such as Asperger's syndrome. The information is detailed and accurate, and addresses just about all the issues relating to the important subject of sexuality, which is all too often distorted and presented in a biased way. Sarah's approach is to explain the facts neutrally and realistically, while acknowledging individual values and respecting personal choice. I will certainly be recommending this book to all my clients.'- Isabelle Henault PhD. Author of Asperger Syndrome and Sexuality: from Adolescence through Adulthood 'Sarah's book brings something new to the arena of sexual educational literature. The language she uses is frank and informal and seems perectly natural. She never lingers on a point for too long therefore making it seem awkward yet she covers just about every question a pre-teen/teenager may have.'- Asperger Newsletter East Anglia'Sarah Attwood has a background as a sexuality educator and has a sister with Asperger's Syndrome, so she clearly has the right credentials to write this much needed book. It was incredibly easy to read and free from any sense of awkwardness that a book on sex can have... I thoroughly recommend it and feel that children and teenagers will get different things from the book depending on their own individual level of development and personal situation. They can easily revisit the sections that are relevant to their own lives. Sarah Attwood has admirably filled a niche in the market.'- Asteens.co.uk --Library Journal
About the Author
Sarah Attwood worked for fifteen years as a sexuality educator in Australia, where she designed a wide range of sexual health programmes. Her particular areas of expertise include the education of parents and of school children aged 9 to 17 years. She grew up with a sister who has Asperger's syndrome and who has been an inspiration to her.