Sunday, January 15, 2012

AW Sunday Review: The Girls Guide to Growing Up

The Girls Guide to Growing Up: 
Choices & Changes in the Tween Years 
by Terri Couwenhoven, M.S.

ISBN: 978-1-60613-026-1
Woodbine House, December 2011
Ages 8 - 14
62 pages

"Puberty is a challenging time for all young adults.  Now girls with intellectual disabilities can grow up with confidence, benefiting from this very clear, practical and honest guide."
~ Dr. Brian Skotko (Physician, Down Syndrome Program, Children's Hospital Boston)
Last week I shared an article on my FB Page that made me giggle and cringe.  I won't say anymore.  You read it.  But I will say, I am really happy I have a few more years before I The Husband sits The Boy down for The Talk.  

But we can't put it off forever.  And neither can you.  Eventually our children will hit puberty and we will need to prepare them for it.   

And if I had a special needs daughter, The Girls' Guide to Growing Up written by Terri Couwenhoven, M.S., is the book I'd buy to prepare us both.  

Written in clear and simple language (3rd grade reading level) and paired with age-appropriate facts, realistic illustrations and photos, The Girls' Guide to Growing Up, explains in detail the many changes of a girls body.  The illustrations and photos are even presented in such a way that they may be created into a picture schedule.  The Girls' Guide to Growing Up also discusses feelings and discretion while emphasizing personal safety and privacy.  And it concludes with a Q&A to prompt conversation.

Terri Couwenhoven, M.S., is certified in Special Education by the AASECT and specializes in working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, their families and professional support. Couwenhoven is also a mom who gets it, her eldest daughter has down syndrome.  Terry Couwenhoven, M.S. writes with professional expertise and maternal sensitivity.  

Sound like something that would be useful for you?

Interested in winning a free copy?    

Leave a comment for a mandatory entry. 

For additional entries

1. Follow this blog; and/or
2. Follow me on twitter - @LaliQuin; and tweet me using #AutismWonderland hashtag and/ or
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With each additional entry you MUST post a comment. Comments will be numbered in the order they are listed and a random number generator ( will be used to select the winner.  Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.   

If you are already follow me or "Like" the page, no problem. Just post a comment and you have an additional entry.

This giveaway will end Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced on Facebook & Twitter on  Sunday (by noon EST) January 22, 2012.  The winner will have 24 hours to reply. 

Feel free to contact me at with any questions.

Note: Woodbine House provided me with a complimentary copy of  The Girls' Guide to Growing Up  for review purposes only.  (I am offering The Girls' Guide to Growing Up as a giveaway) The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way. 

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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.