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Taking care of myself : a hygiene, puberty and personal curriculum for young people with autism
Wrobel, Mary J.
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Arlington, TX : Future Horizons, Inc., [2003]

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xxi, 250 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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RJ506.A9 W76 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Puberty can be especially tough when young people have autism or other special needs. Through simple stories similar to Carol Gray's Social Stories® , author Mary Wrobel teaches caregivers exactly what to say (and not say) and shows how you can create helpful stories of your own. Mary addresses hygiene, modesty, body growth and development, menstruation, touching, personal safety, and more. Young students can benefit from self-care skills such as using the toilet, brushing teeth, and washing hands. Parents and teachers should begin teaching these necessary skills as early as possible, even from ages three to five. The ultimate goal is to maximize the child's potential for independence and lifelong social success.

Author Notes

Mary Wrobel is a speech-language pathologist with more than twenty years of experience working with students who have autism and other mental disabilities

Table of Contents

Introductionp. IX
How to Use This Bookp. XI
Addressing Communication and Language Needsp. XIII
Using the Computer with this Curriculump. XV
Getting Started with this Curriculump. XVII
Steps for Developing a Successful Programp. XIX
Voice Output Devicesp. XXI
Unit 1 Hygienep. 1
Teaching Hygienep. 3
What's Dirty?p. 6
Washing My Handsp. 10
Taking Care of My Bodyp. 13
We Need to Take a Bath or Showerp. 16
I Can Take a Bath (sequence activity)p. 19
I Wash My Hair with Shampoop. 21
I Can Take a Shower By Myselfp. 24
We Brush Our Teethp. 28
Sometimes I Need a Haircutp. 33
I Need to Comb and Brush My Hairp. 36
Blowing My Nosep. 40
Picking My Nosep. 43
Alex Uses the Toiletp. 46
I Use the Bathroom at Schoolp. 50
Using Toilet Paperp. 53
Hygiene Cards- Question/Answer Activityp. 56
Unit 2 Healthp. 57
Teaching Healthp. 59
Being Healthyp. 62
Eating Fruits and Vegetablesp. 65
I Sleep at Nightp. 68
Sometimes I Feel Sickp. 71
I Feel Sick (repeated line story)p. 74
Sometimes I Have Painp. 77
Going to the Doctorp. 80
Going to the Dentistp. 83
Wearing a Bandagep. 86
I Don't Touch Bloodp. 89
Taking Medicinep. 92
Health Cards- Question/Answer Activityp. 95
Unit 3 Modestyp. 97
Teaching Modestyp. 99
Being Nakedp. 102
Where Can I Be Naked?p. 106
My Clothes Need to Stay Onp. 108
Dressing Myselfp. 112
My Private Areasp. 116
No Hands Down My Pantsp. 119
People Need Privacyp. 122
Unit 4 Growth and Developmentp. 125
Teaching Growth and Developmentp. 127
Our Bodies are Growing and Changing A story about female developmentp. 130
Our Bodies are Growing and Changing A story about male developmentp. 134
I Need to Wear Deodorantp. 138
Wearing a Brap. 141
Shaving My Facep. 144
Growth and Development Worksheetsp. 148
Unit 5 Menstruationp. 151
Teaching Menstruationp. 153
Getting My Periodp. 158
Blood Will Comep. 164
I Wear Pads in My Pantiesp. 168
Changing Pads (sequencing activity)p. 170
Creating a Bathroom Folderp. 172
(Students) Periodp. 174
Sometimes I Have Crampsp. 178
My Period is Privatep. 181
Unit 6 Touching and Personal Safetyp. 185
Teaching about Touching and Personal Safetyp. 187
Sometimes People Touch Youp. 190
Touching Othersp. 194
Can We Touch? (Activity Booklet)p. 198
Where Can People Touch Me?- Activities for boys and girlsp. 200
My Touching Rules (A personalized story)p. 201
Talking About Sex and Private Areasp. 204
I Don't Know Strangersp. 208
It's Not OK to Hurt Mep. 211
Personal Safety Cards (Question/Answer activity)p. 214
My Sentences About Touching (Worksheet)p. 216
Unit 7 Masturbationp. 217
Addressing Masturbationp. 219
Touching My Private Areas (A story for young students)p. 222
Touching Myself- Addressing Male Masturbationp. 225
Touching Myself- Addressing Female Masturbationp. 228
Having Erectionsp. 232
My Private Routine -Establishing a Schedule for Masturbatonp. 236
Summaryp. 239
References and Resourcesp. 241
About the Authorp. 246