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Asperger syndrome and adolescence : helping preteens and teens get ready for the real world
Bolick, Teresa.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Gloucester, Mass. : Fair Winds , [2004]

Physical Description:
192 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: 2001.
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RC553.A88 B65 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Sex. Slang. Slumber parties. The preoccupations of adolescents with Asperger Syndrome are no different than those of other teens, but they can be much more confusing. The lack of social skills and ability to grasp conversational nuances that characterize AS make adolescence the most difficult life stage.

ÿWhy can I swear in front of my friends, but not in front of the teacher?�
ÿWhy do I have to pay attention when I�m not interested in what my friend is saying?�
ÿWhat does it mean to ÿgo out� with somebody?�

Asperger Syndrome is characterized by a reliance on clear guidelines, and in adolescence the social guidelines become murky and confusing. In Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence , child psychologist Teresa Bolick presents strategies for helping the ten to eighteen-year-old achieve happiness and success by maximizing the benefits of AS and minimizing the drawbacks.

YouÃ?ll Learn:
-How to work with the school to help the AS child learn and succeed.
-Strategies for turning common AS traits like preoccupations and routines into positive strengths.
-How to help the AS teen learn to manage unforeseen glitches with grace.
-The best ways to talk to your teen about friendship, love, romance, and sex.

Along the way, youÃ?ll be inspired by success stories of dozens of AS teens. With the help of this book, youÃ?ll learn that it is possible for an adolescent with Asperger Syndrome to achieve unimaginable success.

Author Notes

Teresa Bolick, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in autism spectrum disorders. She received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University. Dr. Bolick is a consultant to schools and maintains a private practice in Nashua, New Hampshire. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Chapter 1 Journeys and Partnershipsp. 11
Chapter 2 Self-regulation and "The Four A'sp. 24
Chapter 3 "You Can't Not Communicate"p. 42
Chapter 4 Memory, Organization, and the "Executive Functions"p. 60
Chapter 5 Thinking and Learningp. 77
Chapter 6 Passions, Preoccupations, and Routinesp. 93
Chapter 7 Emotional Competencep. 109
Chapter 8 Friendship and Intimacyp. 130
Chapter 9 The Rules of the (Social) Roadp. 147
Chapter 10 Getting Ready for the Real Worldp. 162
Postscriptp. 182
Appendixp. 183
Resourcesp. 191