Autism Life Skills: From Communication and Safety to Self-Esteem and More - 10 Essential AbilitiesEv ery Child Needs and Deserves to Learn

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Penguin, Oct 7, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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Award-winning autism expert Chantal Sicile-Kira presents a positive and empowering ?bill of rights? for every person with autism.

From an award-winning author and advocate, Autism Life Skills presents a positive and empowering "bill of rights" for every person with autism, regardless of impairment level. With advice and reflections from autistic adults across the spectrum, as well as Sicile-Kira's own experience as an advocate and parent of an autistic teen, the book covers these ten essential life skills:

Making Sense of the World * Communication * Safety * Self-Esteem * Pursuing Interests * Self-Regulation * Independence * Social Relationships * Self- Advocacy *Earning a Living

Whether your child or student has Asperger's or is on the more severely impaired end of the autism spectrum, this action-oriented guide will provide hope and help -- so that every child has a chance to reach his or her full potential.

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The Most Important Skill of All
The Importance of Our Seven Senses
Making Sense of the World According to Adults on the Spectrum
How Challenges with Sensory Processing Can Lead to Sensory Overload
The Importance of Communication
The Need to Find an Appropriate Communication System
The Connection Between Behavior and Communication
Childhood Interests and Developing Talents for the Future
Why Children Need to Learn to SelfRegulate
Independence Looks Different for Everyone
What Adults on the Spectrum Have to Say About Independence
The Complexities of Social Relationships

Safety Concerns
The Possibility of Becoming a Victim
Take Equal Parts of Acceptance and Expectation and Mix Well
Rising to High Expectations
How We Talk About Children on the Spectrum
Deciding Whether to Tell a Child About His Diagnosis
The Importance of a Few Good Friends or Mentors
Pursuing InterestsIsHaving Fun
An Alternative Perspective
What Some Children and Adults on the Spectrum Like to Do for Fun
Teaching the Rules of Appropriate Social Behavior Should Begin Early
The Need to Teach Interdependence
The Importance of Having Autistic Peers and Nonautistic Peers
The Importance of Teaching Advocacy Skills
Why Parents and Teachers Need to Be Thinking About Employment Early On
The Importance of Mentors
Employment Considerations
How to Market the Positive Aspects of Hiring or Giving Business to an Adult on the Spectrum
Customized Employment and SelfEmployment as Viable Options

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Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of Autism Spectrum Disorders, is a national speaker and advocate who has been involved with autism spectrum disorders for nearly 20 years, first as a professional and then as a parent. She currently hosts a weekly radio show, "The Real World of Autism with Chantal," on Autism One Radio. Her company, Autism Making a Difference, Inc., provides workshops and training materials.

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