This man must really trust and respect you to help out in such a personal way. Having a son with autism myself and seeing other children with it, there is a wide variety of ways it affects each child. Since you take care of her, you are the best judge for what she is able to understand.
I agree this needs to be done. Starting a period can be an unsettling event for a girl and if you don't know what is happening, very traumatic. There are many good books on sex education available that would be helpful.
Another thing. Has she been taught about appropriate and inappropriate touching? Now that she is getting older her father might want to think about that one as well. I was very aware of the fact that I might not always be around to protect my son so I painstakingly taught him how to do it himself. It's not easy, but it will calm your mind later on.
at 7:34 PM on Oct. 10, 2008