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

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 basic skills, from being on time to good personal hygiene. Many reach adulthood without those skills; enter Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Aspie at Large!

Co-author 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!

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781935274131
    Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
    Publication date: 10/29/2010
    Pages: 322
    Sales rank: 365,207
    Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

    About 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.

    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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    How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger's 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
    Sciencenerd More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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!!!!