Career Training and Personal Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Practical Resource for Schools

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jun 15, 2006 - Education - 192 pages
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This training program for teachers and carers assesses ASD students' strengths and abilities, fears and challenges and helps them acquire the skills necessary for a smooth transition from school to employment. The authors give guidance on developing life skills for employability and independent living, for example, hygiene, time and money management, communication skills, decision-making and setting and achieving realistic goals. They also clearly define the role of parents, job coaches and employers and stress that students are empowered by appropriate support from collaborative, informed teams. The career program enables students to find out about and explore career options, know how and where to search for a job and how to understand job advertisements. The sections on career preparation include strategies for writing resumes, filling in application forms, compiling career portfolios and conduct at interviews. The authors also cover topics such as punctuality and appropriate behavior in the workplace itself. This practical teaching resource is packed with lesson plans, implementation procedures, interactive activities and photocopiable worksheets, and the course can be taught over one year or three years.

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Foreword by JoAnne Seip
One Overview
Two Selfawareness
Three Life Skills
Four Decisionmaking Goalsetting and Problemsolving
Five Career Awareness
Six Job Preparation
A Demonstration of SkillsAttitudes and Abilities
Eight Connections

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Page 22 - ... to perform different tasks. For example, people with certain types of brain damage can recognize objects with straight edges, but they cannot recognize objects with irregular edges. The brain module that recognizes irregular shapes has been damaged (Weiss, 1989). In autism, the systems that process visual-spatial problems are intact. There is a possibility that these systems may be expanded to compensate for deficits in language.
Page 22 - Thinking in language and words is alien to me. I think totally in pictures.

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Vicki Lundine is the District Career Facilitator for the Campbell River School District and a valued member of the Career Education Society of British Columbia, Canada. Catherine Smith is an Educational and Behavioral Consultant for the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders in British Columbia, Canada. She has 30 years experience working with elementary and high school students, including students with autism spectrum disorders.

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