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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091929083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091929084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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"I really like this book. It's rooted in the experience of a whole range of people with autism and very practical, with lots of useful tips in boxes for easy access. The strategies apply well to adults, as well as children" Cathy Mercer, The National Autistic Society "Without question, Chantal's books on autistic spectrum disorders have become essential texts on the subject" Douglas Kennedy "Chantal has done a beautiful job of putting the voices of many people on the autism spectrum in one book" Temple Grandin, PhD "provides insight into many of the challenges faced by teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum" Stephen M Edelson, PhD, Director, Autism Research Institute "I would highly recommend this book for anyone who lives, works, or educates someone on the autism spectrum" Dr Cathy Pratt, Chair, Board of Directors, Autism Society of America

About the Author

Chantal Sicile-Kira is the author of Autism Spectrum Disorders, which was voted an Outstanding Book of the Year by the Autism Society of America, and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. She is an International speaker who has been involved with Autism Spectrum Disorders for over twenty years, first as a professional, and then as a parent. Chantal writes the "Ask Chantal" column for the Autism File Magazine, and hosts a radio show on Autism One Radio. Visit her website at www.chantalsicile-kira.com

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She includes suggestions from a wide range of experts, as well as drawing from her personal experience.
S. Chaffee
What I liked about this particular book is that it does offer insight from the perspective of people who have autism.
BeatleBangs1964
Work with autistic children and this book is very helpful in giving me great information to assist my clients better.
Lisa Beck

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. Chaffee on January 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
By interviewing adults with autism about what essential skills they feel are important to develop, Chantal provides invaluable insights for parents and professionals. Her advice is practical. Her understanding of autistic people is remarkably respectful. Her tips can be put into practice right away, no matter the age of the person on the spectrum. Who knew that teaching a child to order at a restaurant could carry over to more fundamental life lessons?! She includes suggestions from a wide range of experts, as well as drawing from her personal experience. This is a great resource!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leeann Whiffen on November 17, 2008
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As a parent and autism advocate, I found this revealing look into the perspectives of various individuals with autism fascinating and enlightening. These unique views are presented along with practical tips and guidelines for implementing important life skills. The outlined techniques will fully equip your loved one with the appropriate tools to safely navigate life with self-confidence. I especially appreciated the section on pursuing interests, as there are so many talented, bright individuals with autism who have so much to contribute. This is another well-written, fabulous resource from Chantal Sicile-Kira.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Debra G. on December 9, 2008
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All of Chantal Sicile-Kira's books are valuable resources for anyone impacted by autism (or seeking to better understand it), but "Autism Life Skills" is an especially exciting addition. As our population of autism-spectrum kids grows older, becoming teens and young adults, autism awareness is becoming a necessity. For those on the spectrum, it is so important to have the tools to better achieve communication, self-advocacy, and independence. Clear, direct, and filled with invaluable tips and insights, "Life Skills" provides all of the above.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heather Decker on June 12, 2010
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As I began my journey through the world of special education this was a great book to turn to for insight and information. It was very candid. Easy to read. Easy to understand. I feel that it is a must read for any student planning on teaching special ed. and any parent, whether the parent of an ASD child or not. It has great, every day skills needed to make it through the world. I think it is sad, that we need parenting books like this but it is definitely a product of our making. I think personally we all need to slow down a bit and pay attention to our children; I think this book gives some real practical every day solutions, in black and white, for a parent or student of any ability to read and comprehend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Prairie Flower on October 19, 2010
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Over the last five years, I have been trying to find out as much as I can about autism,hoping to find something to help my grandson. Many articles, books etc. say autism is a spectrum disorder and each person is different. This book, for the first time, explained to me what problems autistic indivduals have- regardless of their position on the spectrum.
Once you understand the "why" behind their behaviors, it becomes much easier to work with them.
The author addresses those on all parts of the spectrum and gives many practical tips. She uses input from many austistic people as well as her own experience as a parent of an autistic child.
This is the best book I've read on the subject. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on August 13, 2010
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...then talk to somebody who is on the autism/Asperger's (a/A) spectrum! A mistake that many neurotypicals (NT) make is to speak for people with autism and to speculate about a condition that they [NT] don't have.

What I liked about this particular book is that it does offer insight from the perspective of people who have autism. Good guidelines for instruction in various safety and personal matters are included. It is an empowering book that is bound to bolster self confidence for all on the spectrum and those interested in learning about autism.
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More About the Author

Chantal Sicile-Kira's passion for empowering others, her love of writing, and her personal interest in autism has led her to become an award-winning author, speaker, and leader in the field of adolescence and transition to adulthood. She has been involved with autism spectrum disorders for over 25 years as both a parent and a professional on both sides of the Atlantic. Chantal recently founded AutismCollege.com, which provides practical information and training to parents and educators.

A former researcher on BBC documentaries and a line producer on a TV Series in Paris, Chantal is the author of five books on autism. She blogs on Huffingtonpost.com, and PsychologyToday.com.

Jeremy, Chantal's son, was highlighted in the Newsweek cover story "Growing up with Autism" and featured in the MTV documentary True Life series, in "I Have Autism" which was the recipient of a 2008 Voice Award. Chantal's experience of raising her son in France, the UK and California was the subject of a 22 page article in the French professional journal on education and research for special education, La Nouvelle Revue de l'Adaptation et de la Scolarisation, June 2006, published by INS HEA.

Book Awards
Chantal's first book, Autism Spectrum Disorders, was the recipient of the 2005 Autism Society of America's Outstanding Literary Work of the Year Award, and was nominated for the 2005 PEN / Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. The UK edition was the winner of the 2003 San Diego Book Award for 'Best in Health.'

Her second book, Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum was awarded the 2006 San Diego Book Award for "Best in Health/Fitness."