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No matter how high-functioning children with autism or Asperger's may be, they are going to have trouble as adults if they lack skills such as personal hygiene or multi-tasking. Enter Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Aspie at Large. Co-author of the groundbreaking bookAsperger's and Girls, Jennifer's personal experience with Asperger's Syndrome and having a brother with autism makes her perspective doubly insightful. From basic skills such as domestic chores, dressing for success, and being polite, to abstract concepts like time management and task-switching, Jennifer's straightforward and humorous delivery will keep parents, teachers, and therapists turning the page for the next creative solution.
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 had 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
Read Me First
Why Me? Why You? Why Life Skills?
Frames of Reference
Success Comes from Life Skills
The Wacky World of Autism Terminology
Teaching Life Skills to the Spectrum Child: Ideas and Examples
Learning How We Can Learn
Say What You Need to Say
Transmit Information in More than One Way
Information in Translation: Speak the Language Your Child Understands
Repetition and Persistence
Opportunities to Teach, Opportunities for Success
Tap into Your Child's Interests!
Attitudes That Win (and One That Doesn't)
Specific Life Skills
Intro to the Specific Skills
Chores and More
Chores Part Deux - How to Tell Your Child What to Do
Chores Part Tres - More on Teaching Chores
Manners, Manners, Manners
Kindness Is a Life Skill
Teach the Specifics of Kindness
Outings Teach Life Skills
Teach Special Skills Needed by People with Autism
Life Skills for the Spectrum: Task Switching
Learning to Spend Time
Coping with Sensory Issues
Really. Really Big Skills That Everyone Needs
Trie First Really Big Skill: Exercise for Mental and Physical Health
The Second Really Big Skill: Good Sleep Habits
The Third Really Big Skill: Dealing with Mistakes and Failures
The Fourth and Final Really Big Skill: Understanding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Concepts
A Mini - Glossary
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