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

How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger's
USD 19.95
Jennifer McIlwee Myers

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. But many reach adulthood without those skills.Enter Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Aspie at Large.Coauthor of the groundbreaking Asperger's and Girls, Jennifer's personal experience (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-switchingJennifer's straightforward and humorous delivery will keep you eagerly turning the page for her next creative solution!Jennifer McIlwee Myers (that middle name is pronounced "Mac-uhl-wee") was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in 2002 and has since spent much time and energy on absorbing and disseminating information about AS and other autism spectrum disorders. Her interest in researching these topics is driven not only by her own AS but also by her brother's diagnosis of autism. Jennifer currently lives in sunny Southern California with her husband Gary.Jennifer's book provides lots of SPECIFIC examples of how to teach important skills for daily life.--Dr. Temple Grandin, from the ForewordTable of Contents Foreword by Dr. Temple GrandinSection I: Read Me FirstChapter 1: Why Me? Why You? Why Life Skills?Chapter 2: Frames of ReferenceChapter 3: Success Comes From Life SkillsChapter 4: The Wacky World of Autism TerminologySection II: Teaching Life Skills to the Spectrum Child: Ideas and ExamplesChapter 5: Learning How We Can LearnChapter 6: Say What You Need to SayChapter 7: Transmit Information in More Than One WayChapter 8: Information In Translation: Speak the Language Your Child UnderstandsChapter 9: Repetition and PersistenceChapter 10: Opportunities to Teach, Opportunities for SuccessChapter 11: Tap Into Your Child's Interests!Chapter 12: Attitudes that Win (and One That Doesn't)Section III: Specific Life SkillsChapter 13: Intro to the Specific SkillsChapter 14: Chores and MoreChapter 15: Chores Part Deux " How to Tell Your Child What to DoChapter 16: Chores Part Tres " More on Teaching ChoresChapter 17: PunctualityChapter 18: Appropriate AttireChapter 19: Manners, Manners, MannersChapter 20: Kindness Is a Life SkillChapter 21: Teach the Specifics of KindnessChapter 22: Outings Teach Life SkillsChapter 23: Teach Special Skills Needed by People with AutismChapter 24: Life Skills for the Spectrum: Task SwitchingChapter 25: Learning to Spend TimeChapter 26: Coping With Sensory IssuesSection IV: Really Really Big Skills That Everyone NeedsChapter 27: The First Really Big Skill: Exercise for Mental and Physical HealthChapter 28: The Second Really Big Skill: Good Sleep HabitsChapter 29: The Third Really Big Skill: Dealing With Mistakes and FailuresChapter 30: The Fourth and Final Really Big Skill: Understanding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ConceptsA Mini-GlossaryRecommended ResourcesIndex

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