Social Skills for Teens and Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome

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This resource provides practical strategies for helping teenagers and adults with Asperger Syndrome to navigate social skills, friendships and relationships at home and in the community.

The author offers advice and useful strategies for tackling day-to-day problems such as visits to the dentist or the doctor, searching for a job, sorting out personal finances, going on vacation, and dealing with public transport, as well as more intimate topics such as dating and acquiring and ...

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Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: A Practical Guide to Day-to-Day Life

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Overview

This resource provides practical strategies for helping teenagers and adults with Asperger Syndrome to navigate social skills, friendships and relationships at home and in the community.

The author offers advice and useful strategies for tackling day-to-day problems such as visits to the dentist or the doctor, searching for a job, sorting out personal finances, going on vacation, and dealing with public transport, as well as more intimate topics such as dating and acquiring and maintaining friendships. The chapters are structured around real-life scenarios and the challenges they present, followed by step-by-step solutions and suggestions. A final section provides a set of practical self-help tools, which encourage the reader to note down answers to the questions posed and record personal reflections.

This accessible guide will be essential reading for teenagers and adults with Asperger Syndrome and their families, teachers, therapists, counsellors, carers, social and health work professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843108764
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 366,332
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy J. Patrick is Assistant Professor of special education at Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania. She is an author, teacher, writer and presenter. She lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband and their three children, one of whom has a disability. She is the co-author of Hints and Tips for Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Useful Strategies for Home, School and the Community, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Asperger Syndrome and the Experiences of Teens and Adults     9
What is Asperger Syndrome?     13
Experiences of Teens and Adults with Asperger Syndrome     16
A Social World     42
What are social skills?     42
What are communication skills?     47
How are social skills and communication skills related?     54
Steps to increase social competence     55
Friends and Family     60
Acquaintances     60
Family     67
Friends     73
Dating     80
Marriage     85
Parenting     91
Strangers     95
Health and Medical     102
Nutrition, fitness and sleep     102
Mental healthcare     108
Healthcare     113
Living Arrangements     119
Living at home, supported living, and independent living     119
Self-care     124
Home care     127
Budgeting and financial management     130
Education, Training, and Employment     133
Career and vocational assessment     133
College, technical institutes and apprenticeships     138
Finding employment     144
Keeping a job     146
Adaptive Tools     151
Assistive technology     151
Direct instruction     154
Effective listening     154
Eye gaze     156
Fix-up strategies     157
Lists     158
Note-taking     159
Role-playing     159
Scripts     160
Self-assessment     160
Self-determination     161
Self-disclosure     162
My Journal     164
Glossary     198
References     200
Subject Index     205
Author Index     208
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