Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders
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Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders

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Publication Date:
April 1, 2009
Print Length:
187 pages

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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. Topics focus on healthy and socially acceptable behaviors, addressing thing from basic daily hygiene and bodily functions to using public restrooms and staying clean.


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.

About the Author

Kelly Mahler is a school-based occupational therapist for the Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Additionally, Kelly, along with three other colleagues, offers evening Friendship Groups in the community targeted at developing friendship skills in children, adolescents, and teenagers with autism Spectrum disorders and other social difficulties. Kelly has presented at numerous conferences. Kelly thoroughly enjoys working with children, adolescents, and teenagers on the autism spectrum, specializing in the development of social skills, including the skills surrounding self-regulation and social-cognition.

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