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Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

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Publisher Comments:

Typically, ASD high school graduates are unprepared for the transition to independence. Early, ongoing training in the social skills crucial to establishing successful adult relationships—in college, vocational school, residential living, or on the job—can help. He also guides readers through the legal, financial, educational, vocational, and community resources available after graduation. The essence of the book lies in the 73 “Skill Lessons” targeting:

  • nonverbal communication
  • empathy
  • anger/anxiety management
  • conversational skills
  • employment-related skills

—which can be taught by parents, teachers, or professionals. This easy-to-follow resource offers a complete toolbox of social skills and the means to attain them.

Helpful chapters include:

  • Asperger’s Syndrome, autism disorders, and the need for life skills training
  • The transition process and the law
  • College, Career and Residential Options Beyond High School: What parents can do to prepare their son or daughter (by Rick Blumberg,
  • Ph.D.)
  • Assessment of social skill needs
  • Skill instruction strategies: Individual, small group, self-instruction
  • Training peers to be more accepting of students on the spectrum
  • Skill Lessons

     

Synopsis:

A bestselling author and counselor offers a comprehensive resource for students on the autism spectrum preparing for life after high school. This handbook focuses on ""life skills training"" on such subjects as nonverbal cues, body language, dealing with anger, and building and maintaining friendships and intimate relationships. Includes assessment tools for parents and analysis of laws that provide accommodations to adults with disabilities.

Synopsis:

A comprehensive resource for students on the autism spectrum preparing for life after high school, best-selling author/counselor Dr. Jed Baker offers "life skills training" on subjects such as non-verbal cues, body language, dealing with anger, frustration and anxiety, as well as building and maintaining friendships, roommates, and intimate relationships. He focuses on conversational and employment skills, ways to balance work/school with family demands, and problematic areas such as finances, emergencies and transportation matters. The assessment tools he provides for parents and the analysis of the laws that provide accommodations to adults with disabilities are critical for success in life after high school.

About the Author

Having earned his MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Albany, Dr. Jed Baker is a behavioral consultant for several New Jersey school districts where, nearly two decades ago, he organized a group to help children with social communication problems. That group expanded and ultimately became the Social Skills Training Project under Dr. Baker’s directorship. Dr. Baker also presents lectures all over the world on social skills training, and is on the board of directors of the Asperger’s Syndrome Education Network, Inc. (ASPEN). His work has been featured on ABC News and Nightline.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Asperger’s Syndrome, autism disorders, and the need for life

skills training

Chapter Two: The transition process and the law

Chapter Three: Self-awareness and moving beyond denial

Chapter Four: College, Career and Residential Options Beyond High School:

What parents can do to prepare their son or daughter (by Rick Blumberg,

Ph.D.)

Chapter Five: Assessment of social skill needs

Chapter Six: Skill instruction strategies: Individual, small group, self-instruction

Chapter Seven: Generalization of skills

Chapter Eight: Training peers to be more accepting of students on the

spectrum

Chapter Nine: Skill Lessons

Nonverbal cues/body language

1. Expressing and reading welcoming versus unwelcoming social

cues.

2. Interest versus boredom social cues

3. Sarcasm versus genuine expressions

4. Attending to others

5. Respecting personal space and belongings

6. Personal hygiene

7. Dealing with odd motor mannerisms

Dealing with anger/frustration

8. Overview of dealing with anger

9. Identifying triggers to your anger

10. Altering or avoiding the triggers to your anger

11. Better ways to think about and deal with the triggers to your

anger.

12. Calming yourself when angry

13. Talking versus acting out your feelings

14. Putting it all together: Using the Daily Anger Record

Dealing with anxiety

15. Dealing with anxiety and fear

16. Dealing with unpleasant, intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors

17. Dealing with social fears

18. Dealing with new feared situations

Conversation

19. Saying hello’s and goodbye’s

20. Introductions

21. Politely interrupting

22. Maintaining and joining a conversation

23. Starting conversations with people you know

24. Getting to know someone new

25. POSTER: Summary of Starting and Maintaining Conversations

26. Conversation repair strategies

27. Politely changing topics

28. Being sensitive to the listener’s interests

29. Politely ending conversations

30. Answering the telephone and taking messages

31. Calling friends on the telephone

Building and maintaining friendships (and dealing with roommates)

32.Where to find friends

33.Don’t try too hard too soon

34.Sharing friends

35.Avoiding touchy subjects and insults

36. Complimenting

37. Respecting others’ views

38. Don’t impose rules on others (minding your own business)

39. Avoid bragging

40. Dealing with peer pressure and avoiding setups

41. Empathic listening

42. Showing caring for others’ feelings through supportive

statements.

43. Deepening relationships—sharing personal information

44. Conflict resolution/Assertiveness

45. Dealing with teasing

46. Showing good sportsmanship

47. Getting attention in positive ways

Dating

48. Where to find a date and how and when to ask someone on a

Date

49. Asking someone out on a date

50. Reading the signals—when to pursue a romantic relationship

51. Sexual harassment

52. Do’s and Don’ts on a date

53. Communicating clearly to meet each other’s needs

Dealing with school and family demands

54. Asking for reasonable modifications

55. Dealing with frustrating work

56. Accepting no or waiting for what you want

57. Asking nicely for what you want

58. Working cooperatively in groups

59. Dealing with mistakes and correction

60. How to respectfully disagree with teachers, parents, or supervisors

61. Dealing with stressful living situations

Employment Skills

62. Choosing job/career directions

63. Conducting a job search

64. Writing a resume and cover letters

65. Scripts for networking with friends, relatives, and potential employers

66. Interview skills (and whether to disclose a disability)

67. Handling rejection

68. Do’s and Don’ts to maintain a job

69. Responding to criticisms, accusations, or complaints on the job

70. Exiting a job

Money Matters

71. Managing money

Preparing for emergencies

72. Dealing with emergencies and emergency workers (such as police or hospital workers)

Transportation

73. Negotiating transportation

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781932565331
Author:
Baker, Jed
Publisher:
Future Horizons
Author:
Baker, Jed E.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children with Special Needs
Subject:
Psychopathology - Autism
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Subject:
Asperger s
Subject:
Social skills
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
357
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 x 1 in 2.61 lb

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A bestselling author and counselor offers a comprehensive resource for students on the autism spectrum preparing for life after high school. This handbook focuses on ""life skills training"" on such subjects as nonverbal cues, body language, dealing with anger, and building and maintaining friendships and intimate relationships. Includes assessment tools for parents and analysis of laws that provide accommodations to adults with disabilities.
"Synopsis" by , A comprehensive resource for students on the autism spectrum preparing for life after high school, best-selling author/counselor Dr. Jed Baker offers "life skills training" on subjects such as non-verbal cues, body language, dealing with anger, frustration and anxiety, as well as building and maintaining friendships, roommates, and intimate relationships. He focuses on conversational and employment skills, ways to balance work/school with family demands, and problematic areas such as finances, emergencies and transportation matters. The assessment tools he provides for parents and the analysis of the laws that provide accommodations to adults with disabilities are critical for success in life after high school.
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