The workplace can be a difficult environment for people with Asperger's syndrome (AS) and this often impedes their ability to make use of particular skills and sustain meaningful and fulfilling employment.
This is a definitive guide to surviving and thriving in the workplace for people with AS. It includes everything from realistic strategies for meeting employer expectations, to how to get along with your colleagues and work as part of a team, multitask and manage projects, and handle anxiety and effectively resolve problems. Common employment challenges are illustrated through examples from the author's extensive experience coaching individuals with AS at all job levels, from entry-level to manager and professional positions.
The pragmatic recommendations in the book will benefit anyone with AS who is entering the workforce, as well as those who struggle to maintain employment, or who want to improve their performance and advance their careers.
Barbara Bissonnette is a certified coach and the principal of Forward Motion Coaching. She specializes in career development coaching for adults with Asperger's syndrome and non-verbal learning disorder. She also provides training and consultation to employers. In addition to first-hand experience hiring and managing people at all levels, she understands the challenges of Asperger's and NLD and focuses on practical strategies for employment success. She holds a graduate certificate in executive coaching from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and is certified by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).
"There's a lot in this book that I wish I had known when I began planning my own career path‰Û_ Barbara's book would have explained to me how spectrumites and neurotypicals can clash in workplace environments due to differences in communication styles, learning styles, social interaction and physical needs-things I was unaware of. From making the right first impression to being a team player and fitting in, Barbara guides the reader through the minefields of working in the foreign neurotypical culture. With her help, individuals on the spectrum can become useful to an organization, gain respect from their colleagues for their unique contributions, and begin to feel a sense of belonging."--from the foreword by Yvona Fast, Support Groups Manager, GRASP, and author of Employment for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome or Non-Verbal Learning Disability
"Ever had a toolkit that had just the right tools you needed for a range of jobs? That's the feeling you get reading Asperger's Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide. Barbara's real-world examples and tactics will help people with Asperger's Syndrome land and hold jobs. It's also a great resource to help companies tap a pool of exceptional talent."--Dan Coulter, author of Life in the Asperger Lane and co-founder of Coulter Video
"Understanding Asperger's syndrome itself is a pre-requisite for someone with AS; understanding exactly how it impacts in a real-life work context is quite another matter. Asperger's Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide overcomes this by providing the understanding and tools that a person with Asperger's needs in the workplace and explaining the rules of employment that can appear so alien. It is the perfect guide for surviving and thriving in the world of work!"--Malcolm Johnson, author of Managing with Asperger Syndrome
"Barbara Bissonette's book is loaded with common-sense, no-punches-pulled direct action examples of interventions by a personal coach intimately familiar with the real world of work and empathetic to the different workings of the ASD mind‰Û_ It not only preaches the gospel of success but also explains employment failure warning signs and provides ASD adults with multiple pathways to high-grade, professionally-proven changes in behavior and attitudes likely to assure individual success in the workplace."--Roger N. Meyer, author of Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook
208 pages. 2013