Managing Puberty, Social Challenges, And (Almost) Everything: A Video Guide for Girls
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"THE TALK" just got easier. This DVD for girls nearing or going through puberty focuses on building girls' knowledge, confidence and self-esteem. The program, recommended by the School Library Journal, covers physical, mental and social changes, including clear explanations of menstruation and conception using drawings of the female and male reproductive systems. While appropriate for any girl, it's especially helpful for young women diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or autism requiring support, or who are naturally shy. The video's content advisors include parents, psychologists, teachers, counselors, autism education experts, an OB-GYN doctor and, most importantly, girls. The program is divided into chapters, so parents and professionals can choose which subjects to share with girls based on their stages of development, and answer their questions afterwards.
Introduction: Compares media images of girls and woman to reality and offers an overview of the DVD's segments.
Puberty: Uses anatomical drawings to demonstrate how male and female bodies change during puberty and why. Explains pregnancy, conception and birth.
My Body: Discusses how girls can work to keep their bodies healthy with a good diet, regular exercise and enough sleep -- and offers detailed information about dealing with monthly menstrual periods.
My Mind: Explains how puberty hormones can affect a girl's thoughts and emotions and suggests ways to maintain a positive attitude.
Being Social: Demonstrates how to act to meet people and establish friendships. Discusses how studying behaviors, using mentors and practicing social skills can help girls develop the ability to think in social terms.
Fashion Sense: Offers advice on following fashion trends to help girls relate to others while being unique individuals.
Dating: Describes how finding someone to date is similar to making friends, with some important twists. Explains appropriate dating behaviors and how a parent or mentor can help girls establish "touching rules" for their dates.
Understanding Sexuality: Helps girls understand there is no hurry to begin having sex and explains some of things a woman should carefully consider first. Describes how having sex just one time can start a pregnancy and explains birth control and how women can protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases. Explains what being gay means. Prepares girls to deal with the sexually oriented language and images they are likely to be exposed to in today's world.
Staying Safe: Describes techniques girls can use to minimize risks and dangers when they are away from home or using social media.
My Future: Explains how to learn the life skills girls need to live independently and how to prepare for a career they'll enjoy.
This DVD features optional English subtitles.
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. -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
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. --Dr. Nancy E. Holmes, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Washington University in St. Louis.
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. --Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), Ziggurat Group, Organization for Autism Research, and Author.
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This is better than I had expected. It clearly spells out "puberty", changes in the female (and male) body. Discusses girl parts and boy parts, with pictures, and what they are for, pregnancy, STD's, and some birth control. It covers menstruation, the "what" and "why".
This video even covers some social issues, safety, bullying, etc.
The info in this video is delivered in a straight forward, matter of fact way. There's a little bit of silliness, but not ridiculous.
"Gay, Homosexual, Lesbian, Oral Sex, and Masturbation" are brought up, but not discussed in depth.
I highly recommend this video for parents with daughters. It answers nearly everything, even the awkward to answer questions.
This is way better than the long, boring movies they showed us back in the 80's!