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Taking Care of Myself: A Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism [Paperback]

Mary Wrobel
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1 April 2003 1885477945 978-1885477941
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.

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  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons Incorporated (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885477945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885477941
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Wrobel is a speech-language pathologist with more than twenty years of experience working with students who have autism and other disabilities. She wrote Taking Care of Myself to help teach students with disabilities the necessary information and skills they need to live safe, healthy lives as independently as they are physically and mentally capable of. Mary believes that by teaching these special young people self-care skills, we can instill personal safety and reduce confusion, fear, and the incidence of abuse.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A place to start 26 Jun 2007
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On the contrary to the previous reviewer, we have found this book useful for our son with severe autism, adapting it for his needs. It isn't the complete resource but it is a start and got us thinking of ways round the seemingly insurmountable. It is an American book so some of the language is not what we are used to. However, we were relieved to at last find a book that approached this difficult subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too basic for my needs 5 Mar 2007
This book is an excellent resource for parents/carers of children with ASD's. However' in my case it was too basic. My daughter was insulted by the idea that she needs telling obvious things. this book was not really much use for my child with asperger's who is very high functioning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 4 Jun 2013
This book was originally shown to me by my daughters teacher who had had it recommended to her by the educational psychologist in anticipation of starting sex education at school. Her teacher said she didnt like it and didnt think it was suitable i asked to see it all the same..... i thought (although some of the terms used are American) it was very well written with the direct purpose of being read and used by autistic children. It is direct factual and almost written in the style of a Social story. My daughter took to the style with ease and took it on board in a far more positive way due to it limited pictoral content and social story and list of instructions layout. The pictures included are more cartoon based and not biological which for her is helpful. She is 9 and has been able to follow the start of it well and has learnt about having a bath and washing her hair alone which is a massive step. Although she did mention they had forgotten to state that the plug goes in first and there was a typo and said she should put hampoo on her hair:) which caused confusion then great laughter!!!! It will be well used throughout these coming years and i think it is a brilliant addition to any parents support material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 11 Dec 2012
By Teeen
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Very useful addition to my resources. Easy to follow and apply in various situations. Would recommend to anyone working with young children
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for boys and girls on the autism spectrum 4 Jun 2005
By Bonnie Sayers - Published on Amazon.com
My son turned ten a few months ago so I decided Personal Hygiene and Puberty were topics we needed to delve into. I am very glad I purchased this book since it covered Deodorant, shaving, growth spurts and using a urinal.

My 10 year old is high functioning and his almost nine year old sibling is non-verbal and could benefit from some of the chapters as he gets older.

Throughout the book the stories are told in various points of views, either in the first, second or third person. Visual cues, communication aides and assistive technology is shown within the chapters. Mary also suggests starting self-care skills as young as three for brushing teeth and washing hands.

One thing to note is that the fonts change throughout the book. The pages that discuss developing a program and teaching various skills are presented in an easy to read manner, mostly for the adults teaching the curriculum. The remaining pages are activities and social stories that have larger fonts that are bolded. This seems to be easier to follow for my son as well.

All the diagrams inside are in black and white, plus the cover is not overstated and should not be embarassing to a pre-teen or teen.

Your student or child will not read about birth control, sexual intercourse, reproduction or sexually transmitted diseases. It is recommended to supplement this curriculum as the students become young adults. I was glad to know these issues would not be covered, yet my son ran into two words when looking up puberty in the dictionary - reproductive and sexually.

He was disappointed not to find a glossary, but liked learning about growing a mustache and how old he would be when he finally gets to high school.

None of the steps listed in the book are numbered, which I think is a good thing so the students do not get stuck on certain numbers instead of the actual steps.

The information presented is repetitious in nature, but that is needed when teaching children on the autism spectrum. There is plenty of room for note taking and creating your own social stories. This book is a useful tool for families, teachers and therapists to instill these vital lessons to children with autism.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean Up Time 30 April 2007
By BeatleBangs1964 - Published on Amazon.com
This book makes me think of the John Lennon 1980 classic, "Clean Up Time."

This is an excellent book geared for the adolescent or tween on the autism/Asperger's spectrum. I like the way it tackles topics such as body development; hormonal changes; basic grooming and bathroom etiquette such as when boys use urinals.

I like the way vignettes were provided using different voices, e.g. first, second, third person. Prompts such as visual cues and other teaching tools are included. This author wisely suggests using a similar approach in teaching preschoolers good grooming habits and the rationale for same.

This book is for the adult instructor and young pupil alike. The drawings are discreet and appropriate and are not likely to make a young person feel embarrassed or threatened.

The tone of this book is plainly quite instructional, which is often a good approach with the a/A population. People with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) have been called "little professors" and often seek informational books and present discussions in an informtional format. This book does a good job of recognizing this trait and responding to it accordingly.

I highly recommend this book for parents, educators and young people. It is an important work and valuable resource tool.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad I found this book! 19 Oct 2010
By somgrl - Published on Amazon.com
I have a 10 yr. old daughter who is autistic. I have been worrying over the issues that are discussed in this book. It has proven to be such a huge resource. I tagged most of the book and I was able to borrow a boardmaker to start printing out all the ideas I got from this book. I now have a great shower sequence laminated and hanging in the bathroom for my daughter that she can use after I fade myself out from teaching her how to shower herself. Now I am starting to work on some of the more difficult stuff and there are plenty of social stories to copy and tweak to make it better suited to your child's needs. This book is chock full of great ideas and conversation starters for you and your growing daughter or son. It covers the stuff that you really would rather not think about but have no choice to, and it lays out things that you could say in simple terms to make it so that you wont have to fumble trying to find the right words and make it too difficult for your daughter or son to understand. I will be using this book pretty much from cover to cover! It also has a bit of advice telling you how you should delegate some of the tasks to the team at school. I have already discussed this with my daughters team and lucky for us they are all on board especially knowing that I am starting the teaching from home and they just need to follow up and not the other way around for once.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for professionals and parents 11 Sep 2010
By saturnblue - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful resource for parents and professionals. As a school psychologist, I use this constantly for puberty-related student issues. Good buy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for a younger child 16 April 2012
By linda a marshall - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this book to use with a freshman in high school. This book in much more suited for a child at pre-puberty stage. (This was probably in the description and I missed it). Very informative with great ideas.
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