Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders
A fun approach to teaching healthy and socially acceptable behaviors
Mom's Choice Award Winner!
Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders A Fun Curriculum with a Focus on Social Understanding is an innovative curriculum that teaches important hygiene skills and associated social understanding using a fun approach that targets the core characteristics and learning styles of children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. The author's generous use of structure, predictability, self-monitoring, and ways to convey and check for social understanding is integrated into all discussions and activities. In Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders topics focus on healthy and socially acceptable behaviors, addressing basic daily hygiene to picking your nose, using public restrooms, and burping and farting.
This book will be very helpful to many ASD parents who need a supportive, fun, and effective program to help their child make the connection between his or her hygiene behaviors and how those behaviors are perceived by others. The book is well organized and user friendly, provides clear and helpful suggestions, uses repetition and review to good advantage, and is clearly sensitive to the hidden curriculum of current social rules as they relate to hygiene all important considerations when working with children on the autism spectrum.
--Sue and Mike Petresky, parents of a child with ASD
This comprehensive curriculum is an excellent tool for addressing highly needed social awareness and self-care skills for students with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome. Kelly and I have implemented these lessons within my classroom with much success. The lessons are fun and interactive while teaching invaluable skills for everyday life.
--David Blom, M.Ed., autism support teacher for middle and high school students
This step-by-step guide for teaching hygiene to children and adolescents is creative in how it incorporates the media and lessons on perspective taking into the lesson plans. The concrete lesson plans provided will help educators and parents alike address a topic they often are not comfortable talking about.
--Michelle Garcia Winner, social cognitive specialist and SLP, Think Social Inc.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist in the Central Pennsylvania region. She specializes in the development of self-regulation and social cognition skills. Additionally, Kelly is the co-founder of Destination Friendship which is an organization providing fun, community-based opportunities targeted at developing friendship skills in children, adolescents, and teenagers with ASD. Kelly is the author of Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: A Fun Curriculum with a Focus on Social Understanding, High-Functioning Autism and Sensory Issues: Practical Solutions for Making Sense of the World, Destination Friendship Developing Social Skills for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Challenges, and Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
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