A Spectrum of Relationships: A Guide to Understanding Social Connections for Teens and Adults with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

A Spectrum of Relationships: A Guide to Understanding Social Connections for Teens and Adults with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

by C. S. Wyatt
     
 
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) grow up to be adults with ASDs. Many, if not most, will have the same urges, impulses, and desires as the rest of the adult population. Autistic adults want to work. They want to pursue college degrees. And, though their parents and caregivers might not want to ponder this, the teen or adult with an ASD will experiment

Overview

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) grow up to be adults with ASDs. Many, if not most, will have the same urges, impulses, and desires as the rest of the adult population. Autistic adults want to work. They want to pursue college degrees. And, though their parents and caregivers might not want to ponder this, the teen or adult with an ASD will experiment and eventually engage in romantic physical contact with another person. Some will get married as adults and have children of their own.

Autistic students and adults often feel invisible at school, work, or among their peers. These autistic individuals are intelligent and have often taught themselves enough social skills to succeed academically. Unfortunately, few have mastered the social skills that become essential to personal and professional success in adulthood. A Spectrum of Relationships offers some ideas and encouragement to those, like myself, discovering the essential nature of social connections to personal fulfillment.

The underlying assumption of this book is that social connections are essential to personal and professional development. Success in its various forms requires a solid, supportive network of social connections. A Spectrum of Relationships represents my belief that any success I have in life would not be possible without my family, friends, and several great mentors. No one succeeds alone. We build on the knowledge of the past, skills and information learned from those in our social circles and from the resources to which we are guided.

- from C. S. Wyatt

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012841575
Publisher:
C. S. Wyatt
Publication date:
09/02/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
374,277
File size:
481 KB

Meet the Author

As part of a course on digital composition, I created The Autistic Me blog in 2007. I didn’t imagine many people would even find the blog, much less that thousands would read it monthly. The Autistic Me led to presenting at regional and national autism conferences on issues of autism and higher education. I have also been invited to speak at high schools and universities on a variety of topics.

The more students and parents I met, the more I knew I had to adjust my personal journey. Autistic high school and university students often feel ignored by autism advocacy groups. I dedicated myself to increasing awareness and understanding of teens and adults with ASDs. I completed a doctorate specializing in new media and education, from the University of Minnesota. My dissertation research dealt with autistic individuals and online course design.

I am now an assistant professor in the School of Communications and Information Systems at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.

- C. S. Wyatt

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