Asperger's Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide: A Neurotypical's Secrets for Success

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The workplace can be a difficult environment for people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and this often impedes their ability to make use of particular skills and sustain meaningful and fulfilling employment.

This is the definitive guide to surviving and thriving in the workplace for people with AS. It includes everything from realistic strategies for meeting employer expectations, to how to get on with your colleagues and work as part of a team,...

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Overview

The workplace can be a difficult environment for people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and this often impedes their ability to make use of particular skills and sustain meaningful and fulfilling employment.

This is the definitive guide to surviving and thriving in the workplace for people with AS. It includes everything from realistic strategies for meeting employer expectations, to how to get on with your colleagues and work as part of a team, multitask and manage projects, and handle anxiety and effectively resolve problems. Common employment challenges are illustrated through examples from the author's extensive experience coaching individuals with AS at all job levels, from entry-level to manager and professional positions.

The pragmatic recommendations in the book will benefit anyone with AS who is entering the workforce, as well as those who struggle to maintain employment, or who want to improve their performance and advance their careers.

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Certified career development coach for adults with Asperger's syndrome (AS), Bissonnette here highlights common workplace challenges and provides concrete methods for positively acknowledging and addressing these challenges, as well as the steps necessary for success. Topics include communication, making the right first impression, people skills, managing stress, and workplace disclosure. There is also a special appendix for employers of adults with AS. All chapters include real-life examples from Bissonnette's coaching practice and a step-by-step guide to navigating the workplace professionally and socially. One suggestion is for those with AS to cultivate a work buddy who can provide feedback when they may be overstepping a social or workplace boundary or advise them on company or department work customs. VERDICT An excellent guide, helpful for handling sticky social situations. Sprinkled throughout are NT (neurotypical) tips on situations in which AS individuals may be too literal to pick up on subtleties and on why engaging in certain activities and social gatherings may enhance and improve their work performance. A perfect companion to Bissonnette's Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People with Asperger's Syndrome: Find the Right Career and Get Hired.—Lisa Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849059435
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 236,991
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Bissonnette is a certified coach and the Principal of Forward Motion Coaching. She specializes in career development coaching for adults with Asperger's Syndrome and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder. She also provides training and consultation to employers. Prior to this, Barbara spent more than 20 years in business, most recently as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for an information services firm. In addition to first-hand experience hiring and managing people at all levels, she understands the challenges of Asperger's and NLD and focuses on practical strategies for employment success. She holds a graduate certificate in executive coaching from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and is certified by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). Barbara is the author of The Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People with Asperger's Syndrome, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She lives in Stow, Massachusetts

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Table of Contents

1. What Does It Take to Make It in the NT Workplace, Anyway? 2. A Primer on Communication at Work. 3. Making the Right First Impression and Fitting In. 4. People Skills. 5. Executive Functions at Work: Managing Time and Getting Things Done. 6. Managing Anger, Frustration, Anxiety and Stress. 7. Managing Your Career. 8. Disclosure and Accommodations. 9. In the Final Analysis. Appendix: Asperger's Syndrome Guide for Employers. References. Bibliography. About the Author. Index.

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