Let’s face it…every wanna-be-princess-super-divalicious-fashionista-athletic-superstar-rock star young lady is special. They just ARE! These lovely little creatures are born to remind us that life is beautiful with their sparkling eyes, curly locks, tiaras, tutus, high heels and jewels. Little ladies have it all–even those that occasionally go unnoticed because they look or act a little differently.
Today is World Down Syndrome Day – celebrated on this day (3.21) as a symbolization of the extra chromosome (+1) found on Chromosome 21 in all individuals with Down syndrome. Period Packs’ founder has a daughter with Down syndrome, so she knows well that every girl–even those with an extra chromosome, those that use a wheelchair, wear braces, those that sing in the shower, dance on the porch, wear their hair short, prefer sneakers to high heels, a basketball instead of a purse–ALL girls are beautiful, and biologically the same.
To help young ladies with Down syndrome and other special needs prepare for puberty, Period Packs now carries a new book, The Girls’ Guide to Growing Up, written by Terri Couwenhoven, M.S., who also has a daughter with Down syndrome.
In this beautifully written and designed guide, the author explains not only in words, but photo format, details about the diverse changes that young ladies will experience from breast development and How-To Buy a Bra tips, to the internal feelings young ladies experience–from mood swings to attraction. The book further outlines menstruation (period), how to use feminine hygiene products, and even when they should be changed. Ms. Couwenhoven even shares tips on hygiene and its importance as women enter puberty. The easy-to-follow guide for girls with intellectual disabilities is an introduction to the physical and emotional changes they’ll encounter during puberty. It is filled with age-appropriate facts, realistic illustrations and photos, icons, and an included Question/Answer Guide.
Other moms have said:
“I really can not say enough about this book! If you have a young lady with a developmental disability, you really NEED this book.” ~Carol
“I purchased this book for my autistic tween. It has helped her understand the transition from a girl to a young lady. Great book! I highly recommend it.” ~Chelise
**If you would like to send your special gift box with a copy of The Girls Guide to Growing Up, simply indicate so when placing your order.**
Not long ago, we welcomed a guest blogger/mom, Darcy Rubino, who has a daughter with Autism. She shared her and her daughter’s menstruation experience that just this week, received the following beautifully written comment/response. The commenter wrote, “I have Asperger Syndrome (High-Functioning end of Autism Spectrum), and my mom says she thinks I handled my 1st period pretty maturely, even though I was only 10 yrs. 3 mos. I put the pad on by myself, and I wasn’t bawling (I don’t cry too often anywho). Of course my mom and I had read “The Period Book,” which talked about what menstruation is, what products women use when they’re on their period, how to use each product, how often to change, what to do when you’re out and about or there are no pads or tampons available, and how women might feel when they’re PMS’ing (a few days to 2 weeks before period).”
We were so moved that this young lady took the time to share her experience with us as it perfectly exemplified just how similar all young women are when they begin menstruating. We all go through the same changes, feelings, emotions, discomfort and worries. But, how we learn about puberty and how we learn about managing it makes a huge difference.
On this celebratory day for young ladies with Down syndrome, we simply raise our hands high in the air and give a great big CHEER to not only these young ladies, but ALL young ladies as each of us truly are, very special.