Guy Stuff is a hygiene/puberty education program for boys who are diagnosed with social learning challenges (ADHD, learning differences, Asperger’s) and their parents.
This unique program which began in 2016 is taught from a social learning perspective has been presented at national conferences including the Autism Society National Conference, the International Conference on ADHD and various regional conferences. 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
- 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.
If we determine that your son would not learn most effectively from this format of Guy Stuff we will can offer you individual sessions so we can teach the Guy Stuff material in a way that your son can learn most effectively.
Guy Stuff is facilitated by Ride the Wave Director, Ryan Wexelblatt. Ryan has extensive training in teaching this material as well as in teaching social cognitive skills. You can learn more about Ryan’s background and view his C.V. here.
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. Many boys who struggle with understanding the social world can inadvertently say or do things that make other people feel profoundly uncomfortable. Some of these common things include:
- Struggling with understanding social expectations during puberty
- Not taking care of their hygiene in an age-expected manner
- Becoming curious about female family member’s bodies
- Putting their hands on their private parts when other people are present
- Giving unwanted attention to people whom they feel an attraction towards
- Saying inappropriate things because they lack an understanding of others’ thoughts and feelings
- Walking around with an erection
- Masturbating at inappropriate times and in inappropriate places
- Exploring sexuality online through unhealthy channels such as hardcore pornography
What’s the different between Guy Stuff and “sex education” class in schools?
Boys who present with social learning challenges (ADHD, learning differences, etc) often do not retain the information taught in school health/sexuality education classes. Furthermore, these classes are not designed for individuals with social learning challenges as they do not cover the 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 others’ differences).
I don’t think my son is interested in attending, how do I get him to attend?
Learning how to be socially appropriate and make educated decisions around social interaction should not be a choice, it is a necessity to successfully function in the world. We often suggest that parents explain to their son that they will be attending a fun class with other boys their age to learn about topics that all boys their age need to learn about.
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