Safety, Self-Care & Independence for Individuals with ASD

Autism: Addressing Hygiene, Puberty, Personal Safety and Sexuality Issues

Autism: Addressing Hygiene, Puberty, Personal Safety, and Sexuality Issues: This day-long workshop will address strategies for: teaching and promoting self-care and independence, teaching puberty, emphasizing modesty and privacy, increasing personal safety, reducing fear and confusion and teaching sexuality related issues to children and adults with ASD and related disabilities. The workshop will begin addressing the needs of children from the age of 3 (teaching hygiene and self-care) to elementary students (modesty, privacy, pre-puberty instruction and hygiene changes) to teenagers and young adults (puberty, personal safety and sexuality).

The target audience for this presentation is parents, social workers, speech-language pathologists, and paraprofessionals, such as instructional assistants, and caregivers.


  • Learn specific skills to teach students with ASD regarding hygiene, modesty, puberty, personal safety and sexuality.
  • Learn strategies and techniques to effectively teach the workshop topics to individual students.
  • See examples of how to present and teach the various workshop topics to students.
  • Learn how to use visual supports and step-by-step instructions to teach skills to students.
  • Discuss and problem-solve specific situations and students regarding hygiene, modesty, puberty, personal safety and sexuality.

$50.00 for Teachers & Professionals and $20.00 for Consumers & Family Members. Lunch and CE Credits Included with registration. Continuing Education Credits: The registration fee for the April 3rd training includes 5.75 hours of CE Credits for ISBE and DHS: Educators, LCPC, LCP, LCSW,  PT, PTA, OT, OTA, LPC, and LSW.

  • Autism: Addressing Hygiene, Puberty, Personal Safety, and Sexuality Issues
  • April 3, 2020 | 8:30am to 3:30pm | Registration is at 8:00 am.
  • Dixon Elks Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon, Illinois.

Registration can be completed by visiting:

Registration deadline for the April 3 training is March 25th. Registrations after the deadline will be $65 for professionals and $35 for consumers and families. Any questions you may have, direct to Candice Helfrich at 815-288-1905 or

Also, be sure to register for the FREE workshop “Teaching Safety Skills to Children with ASD” presented on April 2, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm, Dixon Elks Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon, Illinois. See Event Page here.

Presenter & Facilitator: Mary J. Wrobel

Mary Wrobel is the author of Taking Care of Myself, a hygiene, health, puberty and personal safety curriculum for students with ASD and related disabilities. Her book won the Autism Society of America Outstanding Literary Work of the Year Award – Educational Division for 2004. Her most recent book, Taking Care of Myself 2, is a guide for teens and young adults with ASD, and covers the topics of hygiene, health, public behavior, relationships, person safety, and sex and sexual relationships. She has also contributed to two previously published books: Autism 101 Manual and Asperger’s and Girls.

Ms. Wrobel is a teacher and speech-language pathologist who has taught and worked with students with autism and other disabilities for more than 25 years. As a consultant, she trains both parents and teachers in communication and language approaches, behavior strategies, academic/curricular modifications, safety instruction, as well as health, hygiene, puberty and personal safety.

This workshop has been provided by your friends at: Florissa, Kreider Services, Kreider Alliance, TAP – The Autism Program of Illinois, and Easterseals.