A Full Life with Autism: From Learning to Forming Relationships to Achieving Independence

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Macmillan, Mar 27, 2012 - Family & Relationships - 228 pages
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A guide for helping our children lead meaningful and independent lives as they reach adulthood

In the next five years, hundreds of thousands of children with autism spectrum disorder will reach adulthood. And while diagnosis and treatment for children has improved in recent years, parents want to know: What happens to my child when I am no longer able to care for or assist him? Autism expert Chantal Sicile-Kira and her son Jeremy offer real solutions to a host of difficult questions, including how young adults of different abilities and their parents can:

*navigate this new economy where adult service resources are scarce

*cope with the difficulties of living apart from the nuclear family

*find, and keep a job that provides meaning, stability and an income

*create and sustain fulfilling relationships

 

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Contents

1 Transitioning Our Young Adult Transitioning Ourselves
1
2 Creating Lifelong Community and Personal Supports
19
3 Life Skills for a Life Span
37
Friendships Shared Interests and Enjoyment
59
Relationships Romance Partnership and Marriage
79
Housing and Home Skills
103
Needed Qualities Skills and Beliefs
123
College and Adult Education
139
Earning a Living Closing Comments Finding Our Way
171
Together to Create Positive Outcomes
209
Bibliography
213
About the Authors
221
Index
223
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Chantal Sicile-Kira is an award-winning author, columnist, and speaker on autism. The author of four other books, Sicile-Kira writes for The Huffington Post andPsychologyToday.com. Her story has been covered by a wide variety of media, including NPR, PBS, MTV, the Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, and Fox News.
Jeremy Sicile-Kira was diagnosed as severely autistic when he was born in 1989. In 2010, he gave a commencement speech at his high school graduation. Jeremy writes for autism magazines, AutismCollege.com, and was featured in Newsweek. In 2007, Jeremy was on MTV's True Life in the episode, "I Have Autism," which won a 2007 Voice Award.Temple Grandin is the bestselling author of Animals in Translation, among others.

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