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Title:
60 social situations & discussion starters to help teens on the autism spectrum deal with friendships, feelings, conflict and more : seeing the big picture
Author:
Timms, Lisa A.
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Publication Information:
London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, [2011]

©2011
Physical Description:
160 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
Presents stories outlining real-life situations that young people on the autism spectrum may encounter and provides tips for parents on initiating the discussions.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction -- Self-esteem -- Problem solving -- Friendships -- Dealing with feelings -- Self-control -- Conflict -- Family -- Community -- Relationships -- Cyber safety -- Classroom skills -- Job skills.
ISBN:
9781849058629
Format :
Book

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Teenagers and older children on the autism spectrum are, like everyone else, surrounded by complex social codes and rules that govern everyday interaction, but have much more difficulty in interpreting them. Reading cues such as sarcasm, idioms and body language often presents an impossible challenge, but this book of realistic and thought-provoking stories provides much needed help.

Written with both parent and teen in mind, every story outlines a real-life situation that young people on the autism spectrum are likely to encounter. Each story is followed by questions such as 'what else might he have done?', 'how do you think she felt?' and 'why do you think they were upset?' along with practical tips for parents on how to initiate constructive discussions. As teens consider these questions with adults, they will begin to be able to put themselves into someone else's shoes and think about how their actions and behaviour may affect those around them. This process will equip them to transfer this invaluable understanding and confidence to other everyday life situations.

Packed with 60 stories exploring real-life situations, this book will be an essential tool for parents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone else wishing to enable young people on the autism spectrum to acquire great social skills.


Author Notes

Lisa A. Timms has an MS in Special Education from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA. She has worked alongside autistic individuals for many years in a variety of roles, and is now Learning Disabilities Coordinator at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. In the past, Lisa has held social skills classes and parent training sessions, and currently teaches special education courses for the education department at King's College. She resides in Pittston, PA.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
How to use this bookp. 11
Chapter 1 Self-Esteemp. 13
Why are we talking about this?p. 13
What is Encouragement? This is Too Hard!p. 13
The Importance of Having a Sense of Humor: The Haircutp. 15
Common Sense: My Computer Died!p. 17
Your Opinion Matters: The Road Tripp. 19
Strengths: Everyone is Good at Somethingp. 22
Chapter 2 Problem Solvingp. 25
Why are we talking about this?p. 25
What Could I Do? Getting to Practicep. 25
Asking for Help Politely: I Need Help!p. 27
Who Can Help You: How Do You Do That?p. 28
Waiting Out a Problem: This Too Shall Passp. 30
Decision Making: Homebound or Schoolboundp. 32
Chapter 3 Friendshipsp. 35
Why are we talking about this?p. 35
Asking Personal Questions: Hard Timesp. 35
Friends with Friends: Why Are You Helping Her?p. 37
Conflicting Events: You Are Going Where?p. 39
Personal Space: Getting a Bit Too Touchyp. 40
Being Trustworthy: Show Your True Colorsp. 42
Chapter 4 Dealing with Feelingsp. 45
Why are we talking about this?p. 45
Understanding Your Feelings: The Day Care Centerp. 45
Understanding How Other People Feel: Who Does Not Love Roller Coasters?p. 47
Who is Responsible for Feelings: The Guilt Tripp. 49
Fear and Failure: You Do Not Know Unless You Tryp. 52
Dealing with Depression: The Soccer Tryoutp. 54
Chapter 5 Self-Controlp. 57
Why are we talking about this?p. 57
Dealing with Anger and Recognizing Trigger Words: Why Would You Say That?p. 57
Maintaining Self-Control: What is Next?!p. 59
Avoiding Fights: The Pool Partyp. 61
Anger Reactions: The Brake Checkp. 63
Controlling What You Show: The Giftp. 65
Chapter 6 Conflictp. 69
Why are we talking about this?p. 69
Friends Do Not Get You into Trouble: The Firep. 69
Apologizing and Accepting the Blame: The Big Mistakep. 71
Compromise: It is Not Just Another Word in the Dictionaryp. 73
Rejection: Can She Come to the Movie with Us?p. 75
Parents Dislike Your Friend: He is Not the Criminalp. 77
Chapter 7 Familyp. 81
Why are we talking about this?p. 81
Is This the Right Time? Not Now!p. 81
I Do Not Understand My Parents: The Season Pass Dilemmap. 83
Being an Attentive Listener: Did You Hear Me?p. 84
Respecting Privacy: You Read My Journal?p. 86
Sharing Rooms: I Am Not Leaving!p. 88
Chapter 8 Communityp. 91
Why are we talking about this?p. 91
Safety Concerning Meeting New People: The Dancep. 91
General Community Safety: Do Your Parents Know Where You Are?p. 93
Respecting the Property of Others: The Wallp. 95
Manners Do Matter: The Dinnerp. 98
Volunteering: Big Buddiesp. 100
Chapter 9 Relationshipsp. 105
Why are we talking about this?p. 105
The Bad Reputation: Why is He Going Out with Her?p. 105
Jealousy: But He is My Best Friendp. 107
Insecurity: The Tutorp. 109
Dealing with Differences: The Hockey Gamep. 112
Dealing with Rejection: I Wonder Why They Do Not Like Me?p. 114
Chapter 10 Cyber Safetyp. 117
Why are we talking about this?p. 117
Video Game Chat: The Cyber Café Meetingp. 117
Social Networking Sites Event Invitations: I Know When Your Party isp. 119
Cyber Bullying: I Will Get Them!p. 121
Social Networking Status Updates: How Did They Find Us?p. 123
Social Networking Sites Posting Pictures: Why Are My Parents So Upset?p. 126
Chapter 11 Classroom Skillsp. 129
Why are we talking about this?p. 129
Paying Attention to the Task: Anything but Schoolworkp. 129
Following Specific Instructions: The Kilter Systemp. 131
Completing Assignments on Time: The Research Reportp. 133
Doing it Right the First Time: The Rush Jobp. 135
Test Anxiety: I Knew it Yesterday!p. 137
Chapter 12 Job Skillsp. 141
Why are we talking about this?p. 141
Filling Out an Application: I Need a Jobp. 141
Making a Good Impression: The Job Interviewp. 144
Dealing with Co-Workers: He Got the Promotion?!p. 146
Dealing with a Difficult Boss: The Boss Has No Clue!p. 149
Advancement: This Could Be a Careerp. 151
Ways to reduce stressp. 155
Test-taking skillsp. 156
Appendixp. 155
Ways to reduce stressp. 155
Test-taking skillsp156