Taking Care of Myself: A hygiene, puberty and personal curriculum for young people with autism$44.95, Softcover
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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. Covers all those issues that many parents have difficulty explaining to their children; from picking your nose in public to hands in pants to masturbation to menstruation, touching, personal safety and daily life functions. Tasteful pictures are included with the informative, but relaxed explanations.
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 maximise the child's potential for independence and lifelong social success.