Guy Stuff is a hygiene/puberty education program taught from a social learning perspective for boys who present with ADHD, learning disabilities, Asperger’s and related challenges. 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. Fathers or a male role model attend the 5th grade program and one session of the middle school program with the boys.
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 and their parents, particularly those who present with social learning challenges. Guy Stuff has been presented at national conferences including the International Conference on ADHD, the Autism Society National Conference and numerous regional conferences.
Guy Stuff is not about: encouraging dating, teaching about sexual acts or intercourse or teaching values (aside from being respectful of other’s differences).
I think my son’s father is going to be hesitant about participating, what can I tell him about what he’ll be doing?
Father (or a male role model) attend our 5th grade program and one session of the middle school program. During this portion of the program we play games, fathers share their experience of being the same age as their son and answer questions. It is expected that some fathers will be initially uncomfortable with this which is why we make the time together fun and educational. We have found the the boys who participate appreciate the opportunity to ask the adult whom attends with them questions they typically would not feel comfortable asking.
My 13 year-old son diagnosed with Asperger’s says “I’m not interested in that stuff”. Does he need Guy Stuff?
It is extremely important that boys with an Asperger’s/higher-verbal ASD diagnosis learn the information taught in Guy Stuff. Each year we receive phone calls to work with boys and young men with an Asperger’s/ASD diagnosis who have gotten into trouble because they lacked education around these topics.
Please contact us to learn more about Guy Stuff programs.