Many parents of teenagers with autism worry that their teen will not “fit in”. Typically a teen with autism will find difficulties mastering hygiene skills and routines, especially surrounding puberty, such as autistic girls and menstruation.
Hygiene skills are essential life skills but for a teen with autism developing healthy hygiene habits can be challenging, therefore direct teaching of healthy hygiene habits in autism is essential.
For many parents of teenagers with autism puberty can be very stressful, parents look for ways to explain puberty and teach healthy hygiene habits and routines in autism. Parents consequently find autistic supports such as autistic social skills stories, perfect for helping them deal with this challenging period in their child’s life.
Autistic Social skills stories were first developed as a means of communication, today autistic social skills stories are used more widely to teach social, imagination and communication skills and behaviours as well as a means of communication.
Using appropriate language and visual images, social stories are used as autistic supports for individuals with an ASD and related conditions. The autistic social skills story provides the adolescent on the spectrum with a role model of exactly how to master the situation or skill.
The autistic social skills story answers the “wh” questions ~ who, where, why, what and when as well as giving an insight into the thoughts, emotions and feelings of others. Concentrating on the main key points and cutting out all the frills the adolescent on the autistic spectrum will be able to see more clearly what is expected of them as well as what to expect from others, helping to relieve anxieties and make the teen with autism more comfortable with and in the situation.
Consequently many parents now use autistic social skills stories to tackle healthy hygiene routines in teenagers with autism.
Parents of teens with autism implement autistic social skills stories to help with autistic hygiene issues such as:
● autism and going to the bathroom
● puberty and autistic girls
● autistic teenage hygiene ~ using deodorant
● autistic girls and menstruation
● taking a shower
● taking a bath
As well as a means to tackle healthy hygiene routines in teenagers with autism, autistic social stories also help to teach other skills and behaviours and promote a healthy lifestyle.
To download autistic social skills stories to tackle healthy hygiene routines in teenagers with autism visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene
Social stories on other social and communication difficulties can be found at: