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Product Details

  • Paperback: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons; 1 edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932565337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932565331
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

"It is my philosophy that the skills in this book and others do not represent a model of social correctness. They are, however, ideas of how to behave that may help students reach their own goals. . . . The message is, don’t alter the uniqueness that makes you special in so many great ways—just add to what you can do." — Dr. Jed Baker

About the Author

Having earned his MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Albany, Dr. Jed Baker is a behavioral consultant for several New Jersey school districts where, nearly two decades ago, he organized a group to help children with social communication problems. That group expanded and ultimately became the Social Skills Training Project under Dr. Baker’s directorship. Dr. Baker also presents lectures all over the world on social skills training, and is on the board of directors of the Asperger’s Syndrome Education Network, Inc. (ASPEN). His work has been featured on ABC News and Nightline.


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Dr. Jed Baker earned his MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Albany, the State University of New York. Dr. Baker is the Director of the Social Skills Training Project, a family therapy and consultative services practice for families of students with social-communication difficulties, and serves as Director of Social Skills Training for the Millburn School District in New Jersey. He is a professional advisory board member for the AspergerÂ’s Syndrome Education Network, Inc. (ASPEN), the educational network for parents of children with AspergerÂ’s Syndrome. Originally from New York City, Dr. Baker lives with his wife, Beth, and children, Jake and Lindsay, in New Jersey.

Customer Reviews

This is a great book for parents and educators.
Julie B
I use Dr. Bakers manuals and pictures books in my group practice, and find them to be an invaluable tool for social skills training.
Janie M. Bryk Lcsw
These are only a few of the sections found in this book.
Stephen S

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Stephen S on July 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a great motivational book for someone on the verge of entering into adulthood. Dr. Baker pinpoints specific skills needed for a variety of "life situations" by catagorizing them and dealing with them individually. It starts out with mapping out assets and challenges. There are activity pages to use when anger is an issue and suggestions on calming ones self. The book includes a 16 page section on dating. It offers great advice for job seekers, from writing resumes to handling rejection. These are only a few of the sections found in this book. It truly is indispensable for anyone with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome. I definitely recommend this one.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is truly a Godsend. It is ideal for people on the autism/Asperger's spectrum who are approaching adulthood. Dr. Baker is plainly a gifted man and this book is proof positive of his logical vision. He is also a brilliant navigator who leads expeditions for people on the a/A spectrum into understanding the neurotypical world and issues in it.

I like the way he organizes assets and challenges by putting them into categories, e.g. work, social, etc. Dr. Baker includes some good practical techniques for handling difficult emotions. His advice on dating and employment issues is something no adult on the spectrum should go without reading. If you are an adult on the spectrum, please make this book your best friend.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Judy Ashley on July 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Preparing for Life" was a terrific book. If someone you know has Autism/Asperger's and is getting ready for any major transitions in life, this book is highly recommended. It comes with worksheets and very helpful activities to help one reach their goals and be more confident with who they are. It is a highly motivational book in that it helps an individual not to be afraid to try new things and gives much needed assistance in dealing with real-life circumstances that might be challenging.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Southland on June 16, 2006
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Life situations, from simple conversation to employment skills, have been touched on in this indispensable book. So many ideas were gleened from this thorough book. It was easy to read and not filled with alot of technical verbage to work through. It gets straight to the point of each issue and has very workable instructions for teaching purposes. This and "1001 Great Ideas" by Ellen Notbohm are excellent resources.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aunt of a sweetie on June 16, 2006
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Even though I am not an educator, I have a relative with Autism. I have now, through the reading of this book as well as others, learned more of the struggles that many with Autism face. There were activities and lessons taught in this book that I can vary and even teach one on one with my nephew. I feel like I have gained a world of knowledge of how I can be an encouragement to him. Another great book that was a huge help to me was the "1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders".
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Julie B on June 26, 2006
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I have not read a better book on social skills. This book offers in depth information and "how to" skills. I feel like I have gained invaluable knowledge that I can pass on to my students to better prepare them for life in all aspects. This is a great book for parents and educators.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Janie M. Bryk Lcsw on January 10, 2007
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I use Dr. Bakers manuals and pictures books in my group practice, and find them to be an invaluable tool for social skills training. They are easy to use and address the areas of difficulty that many of my clients struggle with. I also share the skills sheets with my clients' teachers and other caregivers to promote genrealization of the skills.

The gains my clients have made by learning and using the skills are measueable. Dr. Baker's books are a necessary tool for any social skills trainging program.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Cole on October 27, 2011
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If you work the guide, it works for you.
But with so much going on, who has time to work through this guide on their own??

*It takes a lot of discipline to be self taught, so this may not be totally affective for those who are not fully dedicated to the exercises in this workbook.*

I do find the book Preparing for Life helpful, particularly with my social anxiety due to Aspergers. Again I must say Preparing for Life is VERY useful, it's helped me identify my strengths and communicate them clearly to others. It has helped me prepare for job interviews, face-to-face interactions and telephone conversations. It has helped me to NOT be a creep in public, and has taught me how to monitor myself amongst other people. I can now hold down a job interacting with people, and maintain a stable relationship thanks to this book!

But for other areas, the advice seems too general or limited, and it doesn't have the same effect as working with someone on my issues. In my opinion, this book is not comprehensive enough to help me make improvements in specific areas of my life like: memory, cognition, executive functions, coordination, emotional control/mood regulation, self esteem, anger management, anxiety attacks etc. I've found that the combination of this workbook, and the book
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