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Jennifer McIlwee Myers

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

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Catalog No. 27216

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-switching

Jennifer'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 Foreword

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Temple Grandin

Section I: Read Me First

Chapter 1: Why Me? Why You? Why Life Skills?

Chapter 2: Frames of Reference

Chapter 3: Success Comes From Life Skills

Chapter 4: The Wacky World of Autism Terminology

Section II: Teaching Life Skills to the Spectrum Child: Ideas and Examples

Chapter 5: Learning How We Can Learn

Chapter 6: Say What You Need to Say

Chapter 7: Transmit Information in More Than One Way

Chapter 8: Information In Translation: Speak the Language Your Child Understands

Chapter 9: Repetition and Persistence

Chapter 10: Opportunities to Teach, Opportunities for Success

Chapter 11: Tap Into Your Child's Interests!

Chapter 12: Attitudes that Win (and One That Doesn't)

Section III: Specific Life Skills

Chapter 13: Intro to the Specific Skills

Chapter 14: Chores and More

Chapter 15: Chores Part Deux -- How to Tell Your Child What to Do

Chapter 16: Chores Part Tres -- More on Teaching Chores

Chapter 17: Punctuality

Chapter 18: Appropriate Attire

Chapter 19: Manners, Manners, Manners

Chapter 20: Kindness Is a Life Skill

Chapter 21: Teach the Specifics of Kindness

Chapter 22: Outings Teach Life Skills

Chapter 23: Teach Special Skills Needed by People with Autism

Chapter 24: Life Skills for the Spectrum: Task Switching

Chapter 25: Learning to Spend Time

Chapter 26: Coping With Sensory Issues

Section IV: Really Really Big Skills That Everyone Needs

Chapter 27: The First Really Big Skill: Exercise for Mental and Physical Health

Chapter 28: The Second Really Big Skill: Good Sleep Habits

Chapter 29: The Third Really Big Skill: Dealing With Mistakes and Failures

Chapter 30: The Fourth and Final Really Big Skill: Understanding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Concepts

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