The ASD Girls' Wellbeing Toolkit
The ASD Girls’ Wellbeing Toolkit An Evidence-Based Intervention Promoting Mental, Physical & Emotional Health
Tina Rae & Amy Such
There has been a recent increase in awareness of the need for timely and appropriate diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in girls and young women. Without such a diagnosis and the relevant support systems being put in place, young women are at high risk of developing mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders.
This 30-session programme aims to ensure that girls can and do develop good mental health including appropriate levels of autonomy, emotional resilience and open communication.
This resource also includes a comprehensive PowerPoint Training Session for staff.
The activities will:
• Promote personal and social skills development
• Develop self-esteem and self-awareness
• Empower the exploration of healthy personal relationships
• Encourage personal responsibility for keeping both mind and body safe and healthy
The sessions address contemporary issues that are relevant to young people, including:
• Issues around consent, safety and the law in relationships
• Body image and obesity
• Self-respect and aspiration
• Stress and anxiety
• Influence of the media
• Self-harming behaviours
• Using CBT and Mindfulness to build good mental health
• The range of sexual attitudes, relationships and behaviours in society
• Issues around the use of psychoactive substances (legal highs) and performance (steroids) and image enhancing substances
• Understanding and strengthening intergenerational relationships
310pp A4 paperback + PowerPoint Training Programme