The Autism friendly guide to periods is a book written in a way that will be more accessible to autistivc people then other books on the topic, howeevere the considerations for Autistic people work well for non autistic people, these are
1 A frame of flaps at the front of the book which can be cut out and place over the pages that have a grid ( the ones with photos) which allows the reader to choose if they want to see the photos or not , and reduces information overload as you can just lok at one square in the grid at a time
2 clear conscience information, as much as is possible I wrote the book in a straightforward way avoiding euthnisms.
3 Photos so readers can see what a period can look like
4 step by step photos of how to change a pad, tampon, menstrual cloth and menstrual cup taken from the perspective of the reader so that they do not need to flip the orientation around ( i.e if the photos were taken with a person in front of the reader-the reader’s right hand would be the persons in the books left).
What might be different for autistic people when they learn about periods?
Autistic people’s brains are wired differently , this means something different for each autistic person , but when it comes to periods some of the issues that might need addressing are
Many autistic people experience the sensory world differently to non autistic, this could include being ‘hypersenstive’ ( taking in too much sensory information) or ‘hyposenstivity’ (not taking in enough sensory input) this could be from any of the senses and fluctuate .
In life this might look like someone who struggles with wearing labels/tags in their cloths ( it can feel like a cactus pricking you all day)
or someone who burns themselves when running a tap because they can’t tell how hot the water is.
with periods this can mean you need to be mindful about choose menstrual products ( pads, tampons, cups etc) that do not irritate sensory issues, cloth pads can be a good choice as you can get them custom made with fabrics that are most comfortable to you.
Introception is the way you understand what your body needs , for example being hungry . many autistic people can struggle with this , and may for example not