How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger's

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  • Copyright: 2010-10-29
  • Publisher: Future Horizons Inc
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No matter how high-functioning children with autism or Asperger's may be, they are going to have trouble as adults if they lack skills such as personal hygiene or multi-tasking. Enter Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Aspie at Large. Co-author of the groundbreaking bookAsperger's and Girls, Jennifer's personal experience with Asperger's Syndrome and having a brother with autism makes her perspective doubly insightful. From basic skills such as domestic chores, dressing for success, and being polite, to abstract concepts like time management and task-switching, Jennifer's straightforward and humorous delivery will keep parents, teachers, and therapists turning the page for the next creative solution.

Author Biography

Coauthor of the award-winning book Asperger’s and Girls, Jennifer McIlwee Myers is a terrific writer and speaker with Asperger’s Syndrome—she is funny, eloquent, and to the point. Her brother had autism, but she wasn't diagnosed with Asperger’s until 2002. She has taught herself many unique, innovative ways to navigate the world of “normal” people over her lifetime. Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and currently lives in California with her husband Gary.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Read Me First
Why Me? Why You? Why Life Skills?p. 3
Frames of Referencep. 9
Success Comes from Life Skillsp. 17
The Wacky World of Autism Terminologyp. 23
Teaching Life Skills to the Spectrum Child: Ideas and Examples
Learning How We Can Learnp. 29
Say What You Need to Sayp. 39
Transmit Information in More than One Wayp. 47
Information in Translation: Speak the Language Your Child Understandsp. 57
Repetition and Persistencep. 67
Opportunities to Teach, Opportunities for Successp. 77
Tap into Your Child's Interests!p. 89
Attitudes That Win (and One That Doesn't)p. 97
Specific Life Skills
Intro to the Specific Skillsp. 109
Chores and Morep. 115
Chores Part Deux - How to Tell Your Child What to Dop. 121
Chores Part Tres - More on Teaching Choresp. 129
Punctualityp. 139
Appropriate Attirep. 153
Manners, Manners, Mannersp. 169
Kindness Is a Life Skillp. 181
Teach the Specifics of Kindnessp. 187
Outings Teach Life Skillsp. 197
Teach Special Skills Needed by People with Autismp. 205
Life Skills for the Spectrum: Task Switchingp. 213
Learning to Spend Timep. 223
Coping with Sensory Issuesp. 229
Really. Really Big Skills That Everyone Needs
Trie First Really Big Skill: Exercise for Mental and Physical Healthp. 239
The Second Really Big Skill: Good Sleep Habitsp. 253
The Third Really Big Skill: Dealing with Mistakes and Failuresp. 267
The Fourth and Final Really Big Skill: Understanding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Conceptsp. 285
Postscriptp. 299
A Mini - Glossaryp. 301
Recommended Resourcesp. 307
Indexp. 313
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