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:
and much more!
Jennifer's straightforward and humorous delivery will keep you eagerly turning the page for her next creative solution!
|Publisher:||Future Horizons, Inc.|
|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
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
A Mini - Glossary 301
Recommended Resources 307
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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. Jennifer...you are my hero!!!!