Guy Stuff is a hygiene/puberty education program for boys who are diagnosed with Asperger’s and higher-verbal autism spectrum diagnoses and their parents.
This unique program which began in 2016 is taught from a social learning perspective and is available to be brought into schools. Parents who are interested in their sons participating in Guy Stuff should contact the Director of Special Education at their son’s school. We offer separate versions of Guy Stuff for boys in 5th grade, middle school and high school.
Guy Stuff is a highly interactive and fun program that utilizes videos, games and group activities. Each program includes a parents-only session so parents can learn how to effectively communicate about these topics with their sons.
Age-appropriate topics taught within a social learning context include:
- Reproductive anatomy
- Language: Understanding correct terms and slang and knowing when to use each
- Socially appropriate behaviors at home and school
- Peer pressure and decision making skills
- Safe and appropriate internet usage
- Healthy body image
- Understanding thoughts/feelings
Participants report that they learned a great deal from the program and found that the shared experience of learning amongst a group of similar-age boys allowed them to feel comfortable asking questions and sharing concerns.
Common questions about Guy Stuff
How do I know if my son needs Guy Stuff?
The information taught in Guy Stuff is extremely relevant to all boys with social learning challenges and their parents. Guy Stuff has been presented at national conferences including the International Conference on ADHD, the Autism Society National Conference and numerous regional conferences.
What’s the different between Guy Stuff and “sex education” class in schools?
Boys diagnosed with Asperger’s and higher-verbal autism spectrum diagnoses typically do not learn information from health/sexuality education classes in school as the information in these classes is not put in a relevant context and do not cover d social expectations and the “hidden rules” around these topics.
Guy Stuff is not about: encouraging dating, teaching about sexual acts or intercourse or teaching values (aside from being respectful of other’s differences).