Taking Care of Myself: Book 1
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 their 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 three to five. The ultimate goal is to maximise the child’s potential for independence and lifelong social success.
Taking Care of Myself: Book 2
Written for teenagers and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), this instructional book is also for parents, instructors and therapists to help teens on the autism spectrum. The information is written in an easy-to-understand manner with simple how-to lists. This book is geared for use in an instructional or home setting for any teenager or young adult with ASD. Topics covered include:
- Dressing for different events
- Feeling anxious in social situations
- Public versus private behaviours
- Staying healthy
- Depression and having suicidal tendencies
- Social media issues
- Sexual harassment
- Finding and keeping friends (including a boyfriend or girlfriend)
- Safe and responsible sex and deciding to have sex with a partner
- and more