How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger's

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In the real world, people on the autism spectrum need the same kinds of day-to-day skills everyone else needs to be functional!
It's true. No matter how high-functioning children with autism or Asperger's may be or may become, they function better as adults if they’ve had the chance to learn ...

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In the real world, people on the autism spectrum need the same kinds of day-to-day skills everyone else needs to be functional!
It's true. No matter how high-functioning children with autism or Asperger's may be or may become, they function better as adults if they’ve had the chance to learn basic skills, from being on time to good personal hygiene. But many reach adulthood without those skills.
Enter Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Aspie at Large.
Coauthor of the groundbreaking book Asperger's and Girls, Jennifer's personal experience with Asperger's Syndrome and having a brother with autism makes her perspective doubly insightful.
Jennifer can show you how to:

  • Create opportunities for children to learn in natural settings and situations
  • Teach vital skills such as everyday domestic tasks, choosing appropriate attire, and being polite
  • Help individuals on the spectrum develop good habits that will help them be more fit and healthy
  • Improve time management skills such as punctuality and task-switching
  • And much more!

 Jennifer's straightforward and humorous delivery will keep you eagerly turning the page for her next creative solution!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935274131
  • Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 185,209
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Coauthor of the award-winning book Asperger’s and Girls, Jennifer McIlwee Myers is a terrific writer and speaker with Asperger’s Syndrome—she is funny, eloquent, and to the point. Her brother has autism, but she wasn't diagnosed with Asperger’s until 2002. She has taught herself many unique, innovative ways to navigate the world of “normal” people over her lifetime. Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and currently lives in California with her husband Gary.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Temple Grandin ix

Acknowledgements xv

Introduction xix

Section I Read Me First

Chapter 1 Why Me" Why You" Why Life Skills" 3

Chapter 2 Frames of Reference 9

Chapter 3 Success Comes from Life Skills 17

Chapter 4 The Wacky World of Autism Terminology 23

Section II Teaching Life Skills to the Spectrum Child: Ideas and Examples

Chapter 5 Learning How We Can Learn 29

Chapter 6 Say What You Need to Say 39

Chapter 7 Transmit Information in More than One Way 47

Chapter 8 Information in Translation: Speak the Language Your Child Understands 57

Chapter 9 Repetition and Persistence 67

Chapter 10 Opportunities to Teach, Opportunities for Success 77

Chapter 11 Tap into Your Child's Interests! 89

Chapter 12 Attitudes That Win (and One That Doesn't) 97

Section III Specific Life Skills

Chapter 13 Intro to the Specific Skills 109

Chapter 14 Chores and More 115

Chapter 15 Chores Part Deux - How to Tell Your Child What to Do 121

Chapter 16 Chores Part Tres - More on Teaching Chores 129

Chapter 17 Punctuality 139

Chapter 18 Appropriate Attire 153

Chapter 19 Manners, Manners, Manners 169

Chapter 20 Kindness Is a Life Skill 181

Chapter 21 Teach the Specifics of Kindness 187

Chapter 22 Outings Teach Life Skills 197

Chapter 23 Teach Special Skills Needed by People with Autism 205

Chapter 24 Life Skills for the Spectrum: Task Switching 213

Chapter 25 Learning to Spend Time 223

Chapter 26 Coping with Sensory Issues 229

Section IV Really. Really Big Skills That Everyone Needs

Chapter 27 Trie First Really Big Skill: Exercise for Mental and Physical Health 239

Chapter 28 The Second Really Big Skill: Good Sleep Habits 253

Chapter 29 The Third Really Big Skill: Dealing with Mistakes and Failures 267

Chapter 30 The Fourth and Final Really Big Skill: Understanding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Concepts 285

Postscript 299

A Mini - Glossary 301

Recommended Resources 307

Index 313

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

    A must-read for ASD families--a great read for ALL families

    Temple Grandin personally commanded Jennifer Myers to write this book.

    That's right, THE Temple Grandin heard a talk Myers gave, called her, insisted that Myers turn the talk into a book, and offered to write the foreward.

    Thank God she did. This is a phenomenal book that makes an inescapable point: If you don't teach your kid the basic life skills, from how to order food at a restaurant to how to pick out groceries to how to be polite to police officers and teachers and other NT (neurotypical) humans, then your kid's world will always be much smaller than you--or probably they--want and need it to be.

    On the other hand, if you learn what Myers teaches, and pass that on to your kids, there is an entire "Geek World" out there waiting to embrace your ASD kid. A valid, thriving world with high employability!

    Myers is herself an "Aspie at large" whose personal experience of being undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and miraculously parented make for many of the compelling insights in the book. She adds to this her experience in being sibling to a brother with autism; consultant to some of the largest school districts in the United States; and a national speaker on the topic. Her logic is clear and infallible; her life experience is invaluable; her sense of humor is hilarious; and her suggestions can easily and inexpensively be applied on the spot in numerous real-life situations. She helps parents and educators not only to see why and how they must teach ASD kids life skills, but why it's vital to build on the *strengths* and specializations or interests the children already have, no matter where on the spectrum they are.

    In summary, for anyone who teaches or parents kids with ASD, you've got to have this book. Read it with a highlighter and keep it on the nightstand like I do. For everyone else who parents or teaches NT (neurotypical) kids--you'll get a lot out of Myers' suggestions, too.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    I am so glad I read this book!!  I have an "Auspie" gr

    I am so glad I read this book!!  I have an "Auspie" grandson and it definitely gave me insight into the "Auspie" way of thinking.  I had this book in my hands every chance I got.  And thank you Jennifer, for all of the other resources you provided.  She was plentiful in her "expert recommendations" and never claimed to know everything.  I just don't have enough words to express my great fullness for this book. are my hero!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    As my child has gotten older, I've discovered that academics are

    As my child has gotten older, I've discovered that academics aren't everything.  Education is incredibly important, but without life skills, academics won't get our kids anywhere.  It does them no good to get to college if they haven't got the life skills to stay there.  They can't hold a job if they don't have life skills.  Ms. Meyers does a great job laying out what we need to teach our kids and how to do it.  She covers everything from sleep habits, to chores, to attitude, persistence, dealing with mistakes, and mental health.  What makes this book particularly useful is that it's from an insider's viewpoint.  Ms. Meyers has Asperger's.  When she tells you a skill is important or how to get your kid to learn it, she knows what she's talking about.  This is an excellent book!

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