Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger's

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The first comprehensive guide to helping teens with autism?from the acclaimed authors of Overcoming Autism

With an estimated half a million Americans under twenty-six on the autism spectrum, this book offers the reassurance, solace, and practical solutions that so many people are searching for. Following up on their work in Overcoming Autism, which offered advice for teaching young children on the spectrum, Lynn Koegel and Claire LaZebnik now present strategies for working with ...

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Overview

The first comprehensive guide to helping teens with autism—from the acclaimed authors of Overcoming Autism

With an estimated half a million Americans under twenty-six on the autism spectrum, this book offers the reassurance, solace, and practical solutions that so many people are searching for. Following up on their work in Overcoming Autism, which offered advice for teaching young children on the spectrum, Lynn Koegel and Claire LaZebnik now present strategies for working with teens and young adults living with this complex condition. Addressing universal parental concerns, from first crushes and a changing body to how to succeed in college and beyond, Growing Up on the Spectrum is a beacon of hope and wisdom for parents, therapists, and educators alike.

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Autism is now the most commonly diagnosed developmental disability, with one in 150 children falling somewhere within the "spectrum." Koegel, a psychologist and LaZebnik, the mother of an autistic son, follow up Overcoming Autism with an expert-cum-parent perspective plus the contribution (and pencil drawings) of LaZebnik's 15-year-old son, Andrew. The first of six sections reviews terms, techniques and interventions essential to understanding and managing life with autism. The following sections focus on making and keeping friendships; dating, sex and romance; successful school experience; life beyond high school and college; and improving daily life. Each chapter features real-life narratives from the LaZebniks and Koegel; lists of practices and prompts; FAQs; anecdotes about kids and issues like distinguishing between private and public behavior or how parents can supervise from a distance; a "making it work for your kid" section; and sample dialogues for teaching and communication. Some of the suggestions, for example, for dealing with bullies, carrying on a meaningful conversation and developing good manners, are so good they ought to be taught to every middle and high schooler, autistic or not. This book shows parents how their autistic kids can function and thrive with dignity, self-respect and autonomy, something many parents never believed possible. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143116660
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 544,800
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire LaZebnik is a published novelist and magazine writer. She lives with her husband and four children in Pacific Palisades, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Section I Getting Started 1

1 Introduction 3

2 Terms, Interventions, and Techniques 17

Section II Making and Maintaining Good Friendships 41

1 Introduction and Some General Rules About Friendship 43

2 The Art of Conversation 54

3 Outings and Get-togethers 88

4 Parties 98

5 Dealing with Bullying and Peer Pressure 109

Section III Making and Maintaining Successful Romantic Relationships 127

1 Introduction 129

2 Dating 133

3 Sex 155

Section IV Making School Successful 179

1 Introduction 181

2 Middle and High School: Supported Independence 184

3 College 211

Section V Beyond the College Years 253

1 Introduction 255

2 Jobs 258

3 Living Conditions 274

4 Legal Planning 286

Section VI Improving Daily Life 303

1 Introduction 305

2 Walking Out the Door Looking Cood 308

3 Managing Behavior 323

4 Managing Modern Technology 337

5 Improving Coexisting (aka Comorbid) Conditions 355

Future/Summer-Growing Up on the Spectrum 366

An Afterword for Educators 369

Resources 375

Index 380

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    I have found this book to be so helpful. Things that I have str

    I have found this book to be so helpful. Things that I have struggled with to understand about my daughter was so much clearer in this book. It was written for all readers to understand the terms and language. Which can honestly get overwelming. I felt as if the author was talking about situations in our lives. Highly recommend this book. Mychildis on the spectrum but extremely high functioning. Thisbook should help us in many areas.

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