Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders
A Fun Curriculum with a Focus on Social Understanding
Mom's Choice Award Winner!
This innovative curriculum 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 basic daily hygiene to picking your nose, using public restrooms, and burping and farting.
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 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. She has presented at numerous national, state and local conferences. Kelly resides with her family in York, PA.