This carefully written and explicitly illustrated book provides an explanation of menopause for people with autism and special education needs and disabilities (SEND). It helps readers to understand the physical processes and symptoms of menopause, as well as important practical information, such as how to cope with the emotional and hormonal changes in menopause, complementary therapies and tips on how to effectively communicate your experiences to support networks and professionals such as, doctors and therapists.
Menopause is rarely recognised or addressed with people who have autism, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) yet it has a significant impact on their daily living. This book frankly explains what constitutes menopause, that it is part of the life course and can be actively managed. As part of the 'Healthy Loving, Healthy Living' series, this book is written in gender neutral and inclusive language.
Kate E. Reynolds MDS, PGDC, PGDHE, BSc (Hons) SA, RGN is mother to two young people on the autism spectrum, one of whom has intellectual disabilities. She worked for the UK's National Health Service for 18 years, mainly in HIV and sexual health. Kate has written 15 books, most published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and largely about aspects of relationships and sexuality. Kate is a researcher, speaks at conferences and runs training for parents and staff. In 2016 she presented at an All Party Parliamentary Group about sex education and disability. Her website is http: //www.kateereynolds.com Jonathon Powell lives in Brisbane, Australia and has a Diploma in Fine Art and Bachelor of Animation at Griffith University, Queensland. He has illustrated for the 'Sexuality and Safety with Tom & Ellie' six book series by Kate E. Reynolds, 'Can I tell you about PDA syndrome' by Ruth Fidler & Phil Christie, and 'Making Sense of Sex' by Sarah Attwood, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He provided artwork and animations for Family Planning Queensland (True) including an education annual 'Talking About It' and a CD-Rom package 'Puberty Plus'. Jonathon also illustrated 'What are Relationships?' by Kate E. Reynolds.