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

Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger Syndrome

A Practical Guide to Day-to-Day Life

Paperback Published: 15th August 2008
ISBN: 9781843108764
Number Of Pages: 208

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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 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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"There are not many books out there that provide the necessary background information and specific strategies needed to address social interactions in practical ways as provided in Social Skills for Teens and Adults with Asperger Syndrome. As a parent of teen with Asperger Syndrome, my wife and I have tried many of the suggestions described in the book and found them very helpful. Nancy Patrick provides information about why such strategies work, and this has been very informative. It can help parents develop yet other strategies. I highly recommend the book for any individual, parent, professional, or carer."- Dion Betts, Ed.D. is Assistant to the Superintendent for Instructional Support at South Western School District in Hanover, PA.

Introduction: Asperger Syndrome and the Experiences of Teens and Adultsp. 9
What is Asperger Syndrome?p. 13
Experiences of Teens and Adults with Asperger Syndromep. 16
A Social Worldp. 42
What are social skills?p. 42
What are communication skills?p. 47
How are social skills and communication skills related?p. 54
Steps to increase social competencep. 55
Friends and Familyp. 60
Acquaintancesp. 60
Familyp. 67
Friendsp. 73
Datingp. 80
Marriagep. 85
Parentingp. 91
Strangersp. 95
Health and Medicalp. 102
Nutrition, fitness and sleepp. 102
Mental healthcarep. 108
Healthcarep. 113
Living Arrangementsp. 119
Living at home, supported living, and independent livingp. 119
Self-carep. 124
Home carep. 127
Budgeting and financial managementp. 130
Education, Training, and Employmentp. 133
Career and vocational assessmentp. 133
College, technical institutes and apprenticeshipsp. 138
Finding employmentp. 144
Keeping a jobp. 146
Adaptive Toolsp. 151
Assistive technologyp. 151
Direct instructionp. 154
Effective listeningp. 154
Eye gazep. 156
Fix-up strategiesp. 157
Listsp. 158
Note-takingp. 159
Role-playingp. 159
Scriptsp. 160
Self-assessmentp. 160
Self-determinationp. 161
Self-disclosurep. 162
My Journalp. 164
Glossaryp. 198
Referencesp. 200
Subject Indexp. 205
Author Indexp. 208
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ISBN: 9781843108764
ISBN-10: 1843108763
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 15th August 2008
Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.29

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