9781932565331

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9781932565331

  • ISBN10:

    1932565337

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-12-30
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Asperger's Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and the need for life skills training
1(6)
The transition process and the law
7(2)
Self-awareness and moving beyond denial
9(16)
College, Career and Residential Options Beyond High School: What parents can do to prepare their son or daughter (by Rick Blumberg)
25(16)
Assessment of social skill needs
41(8)
Skill instruction strategies: Individual, small group, self-instruction
49(16)
Generalization of skills
65(6)
Peer sensitivity lessons: Teaching others to be more accepting
71(10)
Skill lessons
81(237)
Nonverbal cues/body language
Welcome versus unwelcome
83(3)
Interest versus boredom
86(2)
Sarcasm versus genuine expressions
88(2)
Listening position
90(3)
Respect personal space and others' belongings
93(2)
Personal hygiene
95(3)
Dealing with odd motor mannerisms
98(2)
Dealing with anger/frustration
Overview of dealing with anger
100(3)
Identifying triggers to your anger
103(2)
Altering the triggers to your anger
105(3)
Better ways to think about and deal with the triggers to your anger
108(4)
Calming when angry
112(3)
Talking versus acting out feelings
115(3)
Putting it all together: Using the daily anger record
118(5)
Dealing with anxiety
Dealing with anxiety and fear: Understanding the alarm reaction
123(3)
Dealing with unpleasant intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors
126(5)
Dealing with social fears
131(4)
Dealing with new feared situations
135(10)
Conversation
Greetings
145(2)
Introducing yourself and others
147(2)
Interrupting
149(2)
Maintaining and joining a conversation
151(3)
Starting conversations with people you know
154(4)
Getting to know someone new
158(3)
Poster summary of starting and maintaining conversations
161(1)
Conversation repair strategies
162(3)
Shifting topics
165(2)
Sensitivity to the listener's interest/Don't talk too long
167(3)
Ending conversations
170(2)
Answering the telephone
172(1)
Calling a friend on the telephone
173(2)
Building and maintaining friendships (and dealing with roommates)
Where to find friends
175(3)
Don't try too hard too soon
178(4)
Sharing friends
182(2)
Avoiding sensitive topics and insults
184(3)
Complimenting
187(2)
Respecting others' opinions
189(3)
Don't be the rule police
192(2)
Modesty
194(2)
Dealing with peer pressure
196(3)
Dealing with rumors
199(2)
Empathic listening
201(3)
Showing caring for others' feelings
204(3)
Deepening friendships; sharing personal information
207(4)
Conflict resolution/Asserting yourself
211(3)
Dealing with teasing
214(4)
Giving constructive criticism
218(2)
Accepting criticism
220(2)
Dealing with losing
222(2)
Getting attention in positive ways
224(2)
Dating
Where to find a date
226(2)
Asking someone out on a date
228(2)
Reading the signals: when to pursue a romantic relationship
230(3)
Sexual harassment
233(2)
Do's and Don'ts on a date
235(2)
Communicating clearly to meet each other's needs
237(3)
Dealing with school and family demands
Asking for reasonable modifications
240(4)
Dealing with frustrating work
244(3)
Accepting no or waiting for what you want
247(2)
Asking nicely for what you want, negotiating and accepting no
249(2)
Working cooperatively in a group
251(3)
Dealing with mistakes and correction
254(2)
How to respectfully disagree with teachers, parents, or supervisors
256(2)
Dealing with stressful living situations
258(3)
Employment skills
Choosing job or career directions
261(7)
Conducting a job search
268(4)
Writing a resume and cover letters
272(10)
Scripts for networking and job inquiries
282(7)
Interview skills and disclosing about a disability
289(13)
Handling rejection
302(1)
Do's and Don'ts to maintain employment
303(3)
Responding to criticism, accusations and complaints
306(2)
Exiting a job
308(3)
Money Matters
Managing money
311(4)
Preparing for Emergencies
Dealing with emergencies and emergency workers (including police, firemen, and hospital workers)
315(3)
Transportation
Negotiating public and private transportation
318

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