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Preparing For Life

Preparing For Life
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    By Dr. Jed Baker ©2005.

    The author of the popular Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond and Social Skills Picture Book: Teaching Play, Emotion, and Communication to Children with Autism books has written,Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, a guide to help parents and professionals teach valuable social and life skills to adolescents and young adults with high-functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger Syndrome (AS).

    The author focuses on the importance of allowing people with HFA and AS to continue to be unique and accepted, rather than judged. However, the author also recognizes the need to help adolescents build specific skills that they can utilize throughout their lives, and this book emphasizes adding to those skills rather than replacing behaviors, which can empower young adults to attain goals while still remaining true to themselves.

    Typically, ASD high school graduates are unprepared for the transition to independence. Early, ongoing training in the social skills crucial to establishing successful adult relationships: in college, vocational school, residential living, or on the job can help. He also guides readers through the legal, financial, educational, vocational, and community resources available after graduation. The book contains 73 skill lessons, which can be taught by parents, teachers, or professionals, targets:

    • Nonverbal communication
    • Empathy
    • Anger/anxiety management
    • Conversational skills
    • Employment-related skills.

    This easy-to-follow resource offers a complete toolbox of social skills and the means to attain them. Helpful chapters include:

    • Asperger’s Syndrome, autism disorders, and the need for life skills training

    • The transition process and the law

    • College, Career and Residential Options Beyond High School: What parents can do to prepare their son or daughter (by Rick Blumberg, Ph.D.)

    • Assessment of social skill needs.

    • Skill instruction strategies: Individual, small group, self-instruction.

    • Training peers to be more accepting of students on the spectrum.

    • Skill Lessons.

    Chapter 9 contains 73 skill lessons that focus on four major areas:

    • Perspective taking and empathy
    • Use of nonverbal communication
    • Conversation skills
    • Handling frustrations and anxiety.

    Specific targeted skills include: respecting personal space; dealing with anger; conversation strategies; advocacy; conducting a job search; interview skills; managing money; and many more.

    The program encourages person-centered goal setting, as well as planning and training to help ensure a successful transition to adulthood. (Softcover; 357 pages.)