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Wednesday 22 Nov 2017

Health Problem Prevention for Individuals with Autism

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We’ve been discussing how to make medical appointments more successful for individuals with autism, but today we want to take a step back and talk about prevention. Individuals with disabilities, like any one else, need to learn how to care for themselves as independently as possible. Self care includes skills such as:

  • Washing (washing body parts, washing whole body, drying self)
  • Body Care (skin, teeth, hair, fingernails, toe nails)
  • Toileting (regular urination, regular defecation, menstrual care, wiping, privacy)
  • Dressing (picking out clothes, dressing and undressing, shoes on and off, fasteners)
  • Eating (feeding self, eating at regular times, eating balanced diet, avoiding allergens)
  • Drinking (drinking enough water, limiting unhealthy drinks, avoiding allergens)
  • General Health (physical comfort, diet and fitness, general first aid)

The teaching of self-care skills can be complicated, but there is no reason why individuals with autism shouldn’t be taught to care for themselves. Prevention through regular self-care can reduce the need for medical attention in the future! There are a few good books on these issues that parents and teachers may want to look into. Taking Care of Myself is a book of social stories and activities designed to teach these skills to individuals with autism 5 and up. Self-Help Skills For People with Autism: A Systematic Approach is a great book which explains how to teach some of these difficult to teach topics.

For those of you wishing to purchase books or other materials this month, don’t miss out on Mayer-Johnson’s November special 30% off purchases through November 30, 2011. Use the code Give30.

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