Hygiene and Related Behaviours for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: A Fun Curriculum with a Focus on Social Understanding

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February, 2014
Kelly J. Mahler
2009
Hygiene and Related Behaviours for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: A Fun Curriculum with a Focus on Social Understanding

This resource not only focuses on teaching students how to perform hygiene routines (e.g., brushing their teeth) but why these routines are important. Concepts covered in the curriculum include: why good hygiene is important, key components of basic skills such as using the bathroom, showering, and brushing teeth, as well as behaviours that are deemed “unhygienic” or socially inappropriate, such as burping and picking (e.g., finger nails or teeth). A significant focus of the curriculum is perspective-taking; Mahler recommends that prior to engaging in this curriculum, students should have some understanding that other people have thoughts that are different from their own. To support student understanding of the curriculum, Mahler has developed visual instructional materials, such as worksheets, checklists and pictures, to presents concepts in a concrete fashion.

This resource is intended for high functioning students with an ASD diagnosis in elementary, middle and high school. It is appropriate for either school- or home- based instruction and can be used with groups or individual students. A CD with all of the worksheets and activity materials is included in the back of the book.

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