Science of Making Friends, (w/DVD) Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults

ISBN-10: 1118127218
ISBN-13: 9781118127216
Edition: 2013
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 10/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The groundbreaking book that puts the focus on teens and young adults with autism While a number of programs help young children with autism to develop social skills, until now there have been no such approaches for older kids and adults on the spectrum. This book is based on UCLA′s acclaimed PEERS program, the only research–based approach in the world to helping adolescents and young adults with autism make and keep friends. This step–by–step guide helps parents, educators, and others to provide "social coaching" to teens and young adults on the spectrum. The book includes concrete rules and steps of social etiquette identified through research. Parents can use the book to assist in improving conversational skills, expanding social opportunities (including dating), identifying strategies for handling peer rejection, and developing and enhancing friendships. Lessons are taught using didactic teaching narratives, followed by key rules and steps. Laugeson and this groundbreaking approach have been profiled in People magazine. DVD videos included demonstrate the book′s lessons clearly and show how to present the material to teens and young adults Offers a treasure trove of behavior exercises for practicing each skill, ranging from joining conversations to handling bullying The book features a bonus DVD with video demonstrations of the skills taught and a mobile application that helps teens and young adults use the strategies in real–world situations.

John Elder Robison was born in Athens, Georgia in the summer of 1957. His father was a professor of Philosophy in Amherst, Massachusetts. His brother is Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors. Growing up John did not know he had Aspergers. He did know that he had a rare insight into electronics. With that knowledge, he joined a band, and ended up designing special effects guitars for KISS by the late 1970s. Afterward, he was an engineer with a major toy and game company. He moved up the corporate ladder for many years, and then became unable to function in the high social climate of the corporate wold. He began fixing Mercedes and Land Rover cars in his driveway and opened his own car repair specialty shop---J E Robison Service. Eventually he was diagnosed by a therapist as having Aspergers. "Look Me in the Eye" is his honest and touching memoir.

DVD Contents
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Getting Ready
Why Teach Social Skills to Teens and Young Adults?
The Science of Developing and Maintaining Friendships
Finding and Choosing Good Friends
Good Conversations: The Basics
Starting and Entering Conversations
Exiting Conversations
Managing Electronic Communication
Showing Good Sportsmanship
Enjoying Successful Get-Togethers
The Science of Handling Peer Conflict and Rejection: Helpful Strategies
Dealing with Arguments
Handling Verbal Teasing
Addressing Cyber Bullying
Minimizing Rumors and Gossip
Avoiding Physical Bullying
Changing a Bad Reputation
Epilogue: Moving Forward
How to Use the DVD
Bibliography
Index

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