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Taking Care of Myself: A Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism 1st Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 080-0706001079
ISBN-10: 1885477945
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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons; 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885477945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885477941
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Totally useless for us. We were looking for materials to teach children with learning disability and autism. The book is addressed to individuals with very very mild disabilities. It should clearly state on the cover or in the review. Waste of money for us.
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I am very disappointed in this publication. Nowhere in the description did it say what age group it was for. Since it mentioned underarm hair, pubic hair and menstruation, I assumed it was for teenagers. My boy is a teenager. It was written for much younger children. I wasted my money.
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