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

ISBN-10: 1932565337

ISBN-13: 9781932565331

Edition: 2005

Authors: Jed Baker

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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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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Future Horizons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 357
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.926
Language: English

Jed Baker, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with over 12 years experience leading theraputic groups with children, adults and families. He is a behavioral consultant for several New Jersey school systems, providing social skills training for students with pervasive developmental disorders and learning disabilities. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training throughout the Northeast on social skills training for individuals with Asperger Sydrome and related pervasive developmental disorders.

Asperger's Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and the need for life skills training
The transition process and the law
Self-awareness and moving beyond denial
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
Generalization of skills
Training peers to be more accepting of students on the spectrum
Skill lessons
Nonverbal cues/body language
Expressing and reading welcoming versus unwelcoming social cues
Interest versus boredom social cues
Sarcasm versus genuine expressions
Attending to others
Respecting personal space and belongings
Personal hygiene
Dealing with odd motor mannerisms
Dealing with anger/frustration
Overview of dealing with anger
Identifying triggers to your anger
Altering or avoiding the triggers to your anger
Better ways to think about and deal with the triggers to your anger
Calming yourself when angry
Talking versus acting out your feelings
Putting it all together: Using the Daily Anger Record
Dealing with anxiety
Dealing with anxiety and fear- Understanding the alarm reaction
Dealing with unpleasant, intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors
Dealing with social fears
Dealing with new feared situations
Sayings hello's and goodbye's
Politely interrupting
Maintaining and joining a conversation
Starting conversations with people you know
Getting to know someone new
Poster: Summary of Starting and Maintaining Conversations
Conversation repair strategies
Politely changing topics
Being sensitive to the listener's interests
Politely ending conversations
Answering the telephone and taking messages
Calling friends on the telephone
Building and maintaining friendships (and dealing with roommates)
Where to find friends
Don't try too hard too soon
Sharing friends
Avoiding touchy subjects and insults
Respecting others' views
Don't impose rules on others (minding your own business)
Avoid bragging
Dealing with peer pressure and avoiding setups
Empathic listening
Showing caring for others' feelings through supportive statements
Deepening relationships-sharing personal information
Conflict resolution/Assertiveness
Dealing with teasing
Showing good sportsmanship
Getting attention in positive ways
Where to find a date and how and when to ask someone on a date
Asking someone out on a date
Reading the signals-when to pursue a romantic relationship
Sexual harassment
Do's and Don'ts on a date
Communicating clearly to meet each other's needs
Dealing with school and family demands
Asking for reasonable modifications
Dealing with frustrating work
Accepting no or waiting for what you want
Asking nicely for what you want
Working cooperatively in groups
Dealing with mistakes and correction
How to respectfully disagree with teachers, parents, or supervisors
Dealing with stressful living situations
Employment skills
Choosing job/career directions
Conducting a job search
Writing a resume and cover letters
Scripts for networking with friends, relatives, and potential employers
Interview skills (and whether to disclose a disability)
Handling rejection
Do's and Don'ts to maintain a job
Responding to criticisms, accusations or complaints on the job
Exiting a job
Money Matters
Managing money
Preparing for Emergencies
Dealing with emergencies and emergency workers (such as police or hospital workers)
Negotiating transportation
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