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60 Social Situations and Discussion Starters to Help Teens on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Friendships, Feelings, Conflict and More

Lisa Timms

Written with both parent and teen in mind, each of the 60 stories 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.

23x15cm  160 pages  $39.95  
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A 5 Is Against the Law

Social Boundaries: Straight Up!

Kari Dunn

Building on the author's popular 5-Point Scale, this book takes a narrower look at challenging behavior with a particular focus on behaviors that can spell trouble for adolescents and young adults who have difficulty understanding and maintaining social boundaries.
Using a direct and simple style with lots of examples and hands-on activities, the book takes an idea or behavior and breaks it into five parts to make it easier to understand the different degrees of behavior and, eventually, the consequences of one's behavior. A section is also devoted to anxiety and how to cope with this emotion before it begins to escalate, often leading to impulsive and unacceptable behavior.
Throughout the book, the reader is encouraged to think about and create his own behavior and anxiety scale that applies to his particular emotions and situations.

28x21cm  47 pages  $48.95  
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Asperger Syndrome An Owner's Manual 2

For Older Adolescents and Adults: What You, Your Parents and Friends, and Your Employer, Need to Know

Ellen Korin

This interactive workbook deals with issues that older adolescents and adults face such as relationships, marriage, independent living, employment, self-care, etc. The author uses the nonagram, a nine-pointed star symbolizing achievement and completeness to visually guide readers through each major section of the book This much-needed resource is designed to inform and support individuals with AS as they come to grips with their strengths and challenges and plan for a successful adulthood within the neurotypical world.

28x22cm  121 pages  $43.00  
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Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence

Living with the Ups, the Downs and Things in Between

Liane Holliday Willey

Childhood and adult experiences of individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS) are becoming increasingly well documented, yet the crucial formative teenage years have, so far, been neglected. Adolescence is a difficult time for any teenager, but when you have Asperger Syndrome this already emotionally complex time of life becomes all the more challenging. Reflecting the views of parents, professionals and those with AS themselves, this book tackles issues that are pertinent to all teenagers, such as sexuality, depression and friendship, as well as discussing topics like disclosure and therapeutic alternatives that are more specific to those with AS. This book aims to make the transition from child to adult as smooth as possible, and is an essential survival guide to adolescence.

16x23cm  336 pages  $34.95  
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Asperger's Rules!

How to Make Sense of School and Friends

Blythe Grossberg

Fitting in to school and social life can be the single most challenging task when you have Aspergers syndromeAspergers Rules! can help. Packed full of information, this book covers common school situations and the uncommon challenges that they can present to a child with Aspergers. Kids will find the how-to for understanding and communicating with peers and teachers, standing up for and taking care of themselves, setting realistic goals, and making friends. Aspergers Rules! belongs in the backpack of every kid with Aspergers and is an essential resource for getting the most out of middle school.

23x18cm  127 pages  $22.95  
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Asperger's Teens

Understanding High School for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Blythe Grossberg

If you have Asperger's, high school can be a time of great promise and opportunity to learn more about subjects you're excited about, join clubs and activities that interest you, and make new friends but it can also be uncomfortable at times. This book helps you use your strengths and unique personal style to feel more comfortable in high school.
Chock full of quizzes, exercises, and examples, this book can help you:
Understand your unique strengths and weaknesses
Work well with your teachers
Connect with other kids at school
Recognize and deal with bullying
Use social media safely and politely
Develop healthy habits
Cope with stress and strong emotions
Become more independent

Take a look inside, and find some ways to help yourself feel more comfortable and more relaxed in high school and better able to make friends, understand teachers, and get the grades you are capable of!

21x14cm  156 pages  $31.95  
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Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome

Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome

Rudy Simone

This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls, young and old. Rudy Simone guides you through every aspect of both personal and professional life, from early recollections of blame, guilt, and savant skills, to friendships, romance and marriage. Employment, career, rituals and routines are also covered, along with depression, meltdowns and being misunderstood. Including the reflections of over thirty-five women diagnosed as on the spectrum, as well as some partners and parents, Rudy identifies recurring struggles and areas where Aspergirls need validation, information and advice. As they recount their stories, anecdotes, and wisdom, she highlights how differences between males and females on the spectrum are mostly a matter of perception, rejecting negative views of Aspergirls and empowering them to lead happy and fulfilled lives.

23x15cm  236 pages  $35.95  
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Asperkid's - SECRET - Book of Social Rules

The Handbook of Not-So_Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome

Jennifer Cook O'Toole

Being a teen or tween isn't easy for anyone but it can be especially tough for Asperkids. Jennifer O'Toole knows; she was one! This book is a top secret guide to all of the hidden social rules in life that often seem strange and confusing to young people with Asperger syndrome.
The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules offers witty and wise insights into baffling social codes such as making and keeping friends, blending in versus standing out from the crowd, and common conversation pitfalls. Chock full of illustrations, logical explanations, and comic strip practice sessions, this is the handbook that every adult Aspie wishes they'd had growing up.
Ideal for all 10-17 year olds with Asperger syndrome, this book provides inside information on over thirty social rules in bite-sized chunks that older children will enjoy, understand, and most importantly use daily to navigate the mysterious world around them

23x15cm  278 pages  $38.95  
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Autism Playbook for Teens

Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence & Connect with Others (Instant Help Series)

Irene McHenry, Carol Moog

Teens with autism have the potential to be excellent actors. They are natural observers-able to study, imitate, and learn social behavior. The Autism Playbook for Teens is designed to bolster these strengths with mindfulness strategies and roleplaying scripts, while also helping teens reduce anxiety, manage emotions, be more aware in the present moment, and connect with others. This book offers a unique, strengths-based approach to help teens with autism spectrum (including Asperger's Syndrome) develop social skills, strengthen communication, and thrive. The activities contained in each chapter are custom-designed to work with the unique perspectives, sensory processing, neurological strengths and challenges that teens with autism bring to their encounters with the social world. By engaging in these activities, teens will gain an authentic awareness of their surroundings, leading to better social interaction that is also rewarding, interesting, and fun. The delightful and creative activities in this book are grounded in well-documented clinical observations and current empirical studies. They also take into account the real neurological differences that exist in young people with autism, and focuses on the unique pathways needed to connect with and inspire these exceptional and fabulous teenagers. This is the only book available for teens with autism that specifically integrates mindfulness skills and imaginative scripted roleplaying activities for building authentic social experiences

21x15cm  139 pages  $32.95  
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Finding Your Own Way to Grieve

A Creative activity workbook for kids and teens on the autism spectrum

Karla Helbert

Children and teenagers with autism can struggle to cope with the loss of a loved one, and the complicated and painful emotions of bereavement. This book explains death in concrete terms that the child with autism will understand, explores feelings that the child may encounter as a part of bereavement, and offers creative and expressive activities that facilitate healing.

25x17cm  179 pages  $28.95  
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Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome

A User Guide to Adolescence

Luke Jackson

Have you ever been called a freak or a geek? Have you ever felt like one? Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has Asperger Syndrome. Over the years Luke has learned to laugh at such names but there are other aspects of life which are more difficult. Adolescence and the teenage years are a minefield of emotions, transitions and decisions and when a child has Asperger Syndrome, the result is often explosive.
Drawing from his own experiences and gaining information from his teenage brother and sisters, he wrote this enlightening, honest and witty book in an attempt to address difficult topics such as bullying, friendships, when and how to tell others about AS, school problems, dating and relationships, and morality.

23x16cm  224 pages  $35.95  
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Growing Up Guide for Girls

What Girls on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know!

Davida Hartman, illus Margaret Suggs

A one-stop guide for young girls on the autism spectrum explaining all they need to know about puberty and adolescence. The pre-teen and teenage years are a bumpy time when bodies change, emotions are high and peers are developing at different paces. Using simple, literal language and delightful colour illustrations, this book explains the facts about body changes such as growing hair in new places, periods, wearing a bra and keeping spots away! It gives cool tips on what makes a real friend, what it means to have a crush on somebody, and how to stay safe online. Most importantly, it explains that every body is beautiful and unique and encourages young girls with autism to celebrate difference! Perfect preparation for the teenage years for girls aged 9-14.

24x16cm  68 pages  $26.95  
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Hidden World of Autism

Writing and Art by Children with High-Functioning Autism

Rebecca Chilvers

A celebration of the talents and insights of children on the autism spectrum, The Hidden World of Autism presents a collection of writings and drawings contributed by 21 autistic children.
The children's work covers topics that are of primary importance in understanding some of the common experiences that children with autism, and their families, go through. These include life before diagnosis, friendships, relationships, feelings, bullying and the future. A key characteristic of having autism is the inability to express emotions; but too often that prevents children with autism from being listened to. This book gives them both a voice and a forum for creative expression and provides direct insight into what having autism means for the children themselves and how they feel about their experiences.
This unique collection provides invaluable insights into the autistic experience for professionals, families and friends of children with autism, as well as the children themselves.

24x17cm  124 pages  $38.95  
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Made for Good Purpose

What Every Parent Needs to Know to Help Their Adolescent with Asperger's, High Functioning Autism or a Learning Differerence Become an Independent Adult

Michael McManmon

Many teenagers with Asperger's Syndrome leave school feeling unsure of how to take the next steps in their lives. Leaving the comforts of home and facing the unknown can be daunting, but with the right support and advice these young adults can adapt and enjoy their newly-acquired independence.
Filled with useful advice, easy-to-apply techniques, and personal anecdotes from both the author's own experiences of Asperger's Syndrome and those of his students, this book is a practical guide for helping young adults on the spectrum achieve independence and learn life-long skills of self-knowledge, self-sufficiency, and self-advocacy. With chapters on social skills, handling finances, keeping healthy, and succeeding in higher education or first employment, Dr. McManmon provides the encouragement that any young Aspie needs to make the transition from an adolescent into a happy, confident and engaged adult.

23x15cm  240 pages  $31.95  
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Making the Move

A Guide for Schools and Parents on the Transfer of Pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) from Primary to Secondary School

K I Al-Ghani, Lynda Kenward

The transition from primary to secondary school is a time of great anxiety for most children. For children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) this anxiety can be overwhelming. Fear of the unknown, difficulty coping with monumental changes and the inability to imagine a favourable outcome, can all combine to make this unavoidable step in school life a time of great fear and dread. This book provides guidance for schools and parents on how to make the transfer from primary to secondary as easy as possible for children with ASDs. It advocates the need for scrupulous preparation of transfer arrangements because children with ASDs struggle to predict the outcome of any new situation.

30x21cm  96 pages  $43.95  
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Multicoloured Mayhem

Parenting the Many Shades of Adolescents and Children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD

Jacquie Jackson

Jacqui Jackson has seven children. Luke (author of Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome) has Asperger Syndrome, Joe has ADHD, and Ben has autism. Life is anything but straightforward, but the chaos of the Jacksons' lives is threaded through with humor and common sense. Full of anecdotes and lively thinking, the book explains vividly what it is like to parent young people with such a range of conditions, and provides a wealth of helpful and creative advice for other parents and carers. Anyone who has wondered what life in such a family might be like will be fascinated.

23x16cm  256 pages  $37.95  
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Parenting a Teen or Young Adult with Asperger Syndrome (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)

325 Ideas, Insights, Tips and Strategies

Brenda Boyd

Adolescence is a difficult stage in anyone's life, but for an adolescent with Asperger Syndrome the difficulties are inevitably more complex. Based on her own experience of raising a son with AS, and following on from the hugely popular Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome, the author lays out practical tips for dealing with issues such as dating, alcohol and drugs, anger and depression, further education, employment and independent living. She encourages parents to evolve and adapt their parenting style to meet the needs of the teen as they develop and change. All the suggestions are designed to foster understanding and acceptance between family members and help the AS teen with common problem areas such as anxiety and self-esteem.

22x15cm  240 pages  $35.00  
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Preparing For Life

The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

Jed Baker

A bestselling author and counselor offers a comprehensive resource for students on the autism spectrum preparing for life after high school. This handbook focuses on "life skills training" on such subjects as nonverbal cues, body language, dealing with anger, and building and maintaining friendships and intimate relationships. Includes assessment tools for parents and analysis of laws that provide accommodations to adults with disabilities

27x21cm  357 pages  $59.95  
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Raising Martians

From Crash-Landing to Leaving Home: How to Help a Child with Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism

Joshua Muggleton

Joshua Muggleton knows from personal experience what it is like to grow up feeling like 'a Martian marooned on planet Earth'. Now 22 and studying psychology at the University of St. Andrews, he combines his insights into what it means to have Asperger Syndrome (AS) with his scientific knowledge of the autism spectrum to write an invaluable guide for parents and teachers. Opening with the very basics of what autism is, Joshua covers mental health, sensory issues, obsessions and rituals, friendships and social situations, and shopping, travelling, and holidays, before tackling what is arguably the biggest challenge of any Aspie child's life: school - and with it, bullying, homework, and other challenges. Providing the inside track on Asperger Syndrome in childhood, he describes practical ways in which parents and teachers can help, and offers a wealth of advice and helpful hints and tips for approaching common difficulties. An essential guide for any parent or teacher wishing to understand and help a child with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism, Raising Martians will take them from crash-landing to leaving home.

23x15cm  238 pages  $28.95  
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Social and Life Skills Menu

A skill building workbook for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Karra Barber

This workbook provides guided strategies to help those with ASD engage and connect with other people at home, school, work, social gatherings, and in the community.

28x22cm  333 pages  $62.00  
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Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger's Syndrome

A Practical Guide to Day-To-Day Life

Nancy Patrick

This resource provides practical strategies for helping teenagers and adults with Asperger Syndrome to navigate social skills, friendships and relationships at home and in the community. The author offers advice and useful strategies for tackling day-to-day problems such as visits to the dentist or the doctor, searching for a job, sorting out personal finances, going on vacation, and dealing with public transport, as well as more intimate topics such as dating and acquiring and maintaining friendships. The chapters are structured around real-life scenarios and the challenges they present, followed by step-by-step solutions and suggestions. A final section provides a set of practical self-help tools, which encourage the reader to note down answers to the questions posed and record personal reflections

23x15cm  208 pages  $36.95  
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Social Skills Picture Book - High School

For High School and Beyond

Jed Baker

The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond offers a visual learning format. Photos of actual students engaging in a wide variety of social situations show, rather than tell, the right (and wrong) ways to interact in different circumstances. They visually illustrate the positive and negative consequences of both ways of interacting. The book also offers instructions for students & families to create their own social skills booklets. The social skills address real-life situations that are important to teens, such as: making new friends, asking someone out on a date, doing difficult schoolwork, interviewing for a job, and much, much more!

22x28cm  177 pages  $68.00  
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Take Control of Asperger's Syndrome

The Official Strategy Guide for Teens with Asperger's Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorders

Janet Price, Jennifer Engel Fisher

Drawing on their experiences as parents and teachers of kids with Asperger's syndrome (AS) and Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD), the authors provide tips on understanding the disorders, living with the symptoms, succeeding in school, completing homework, talking to others about strengths and needs, making friends and socializing, and using technology to connect with other kids with these disorders. By interviewing hundreds of kids who live with AS and NLD, the authors include ideas, information, and advice for kids, by kids just like them. This handy guidebook is sure to help any child or teen with AS or NLD navigate life's challenges with successful outcomes.

25x18cm  168 pages  $34.00  
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What's Happening to Ellie?

A Book about Puberty for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions

Kate Reynolds, Jonathon Powell, illus

Ellie notices that her body is changing. Hair is growing in new places and there are other changes happening too. Ellie's mum helps her understand that she has started growing into a woman. Following Ellie as she begins to notice changes to her body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach girls with autism and related conditions about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as periods. This fully illustrated positive and entertaining book provides the perfect opportunity to talk about puberty with girls and young women with autism or related conditions.

16x18cm  36 pages  $19.95  
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What's Happening to Tom?

A Book about Puberty for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions

Kate Reynolds, Jonathon Powell, illus

Tom notices that his body is changing. Tom's voice is different and hair is growing in new places. There are other changes happening too. Tom learns that he has started growing into a man.
Following Tom as he begins to notice changes to his body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach boys with autism or other special needs about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as wet dreams. This fully illustrated positive and entertaining book provides the perfect opportunity to talk about puberty with boys and young men with autism or special needs.

17x19cm  36 pages  $19.95  
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