Taking Care of Myself 1: A Hygiene, Puberty, and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism
Author(s): Mary Wrobel
Award Winning Book: iParenting Media Award
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 3-5. The ultimate goal is to maximize the child’s potential for independence and lifelong social success.
A retired teacher and speech-language pathologist, Mary Wrobel worked with students with autism or Asperger’s syndrome for more than twenty-five years. She wrote Taking Care of Myself2 for Teenagers and Young Adults with to help teach students with autism and Asperger’s how to live safe and healthy lives. She also trained both parents and professionals in the area of puberty and its accompanying safety, cleanliness, and health issues. This is Mary Wrobel’s third publication with Future Horizons. Her book, Taking Care of Myself: A Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism, won an IParenting Media Award.