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Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: A Practical Guide to Day-to-day Life 1st Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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There are not many books out there that provide the necessary background information and specific strategies needed to address social interactions in practical ways as provided in Social Skills for Teens and Adults with Asperger Syndrome. As a parent of teen with Asperger Syndrome, my wife and I have tried many of the suggestions described in the book and found them very helpful. Nancy Patrick provides information about why such strategies work, and this has been very informative. It can help parents develop yet other strategies. I highly recommend the book for any individual, parent, professional, or carer. --- Dion Betts, Ed.D. is Assistant to the Superintendent for Instructional Support at South Western School District in Hanover, PA.

Book Description

Advice for teenagers on navigating the social world at home and in the community
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843108763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843108764
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I literally just closed this book, and after giving my mother a recap of the book as well as what it taught me..followed by the exclamation, "GOD I WISH I HAD THAT BOOK SOONER." I checked this book out from the library but I'm ordering it once I finish this review. Not only is it jam-packed full of fabulous advice for a (recently-diagnosed) Aspergian, but it has a great not-so-little section at the end with more resources to help you evaluate where you are socially and to help monitor your daily life to make the most of the best of Asperger Syndrome! (There's also a glossary which is helpful).

The book addresses different topics but throughout it the author accomplishes the teaching of social skills beautifully providing a concept followed by (and I quote):
1) a definition of the concept
2) a list of the salient features
3) positive examples
4) negative examples
5) a prototype
6) opportunities to sort and identify positive and negative examples
7) opportunities to practice in a role-play/scripted situation

"And so much more!"

But seriously if I had had this book 18 years ago (I'm 22) I would have had a totally different life...ok I would have had friends growing up and it would have made my life easier!(**Side note, I've always known I was different, diagnosed ADD age 4, OCD and NVLD age 8)

But it is never too late, or too early, to learn!!!

You will read this book over and over and use the "Journal" portion in the back constantly.

I promise you it will become a favorite, dog-eared reference book on your shelf that you will pull out from time to time once you master the skills (which I still need to do).

-Avid Reader and Aspergian
Isabelle
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This is my first book review and this is the first book I have read on AS. Please disregard other comments describing this book as being similar to a textbook; this book uses formal referencing, but it's a very easy read.

Firstly, I found the Personal Rating Scale at the end of the book to be very useful as it highlighted my significant difficulties with empathy and observational skills. This book focuses on processes for self-learning, rather than providing detailed examples of neuro-typical social interactions. My poor observational skills mean that I need help with neuro-typical social interactions, and I didn't consider the processes in this area were very practical, eg. observing non-verbal communication of actors in a movie, which I thought might depend heavily upon the quality of the acting.

For me, imagine a golf swing. I'm not very good at golf, but I know that the position, alignment and rotation of your entire body is important (eg. head, shoulders, arms, backside, legs, knees, feet, hands, and end even fingers), plus the position and alignment of the golf club and golf ball. Therefore, when I observe two people greeting each other with a handshake, I see every nuance, but I'm unable to determine what's important. I only recently learned the importance of the seemingly benign verbal greetings, but then the book mentions research that 93% of feelings are communicated in non-verbal form (when I'm already struggling with verbal communication). Thankfully, the book does have a very good example on para-linguistics regarding the impact of placing emphasis on particular words.

In summary, a useful, easy read, but I would have preferred "A Practical Guide to Social Interactions for AS".
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This book must have been written with us in mind. It confirmed things we guessed at and even pointed out things we didn't know were a result of our daughter's AS. I wish we had this book a couple years ago as a guide for making it through high school, but she has it now for college. The explanations read a bit wordy but the checklists/bulleted lists after each part make for a handy reference.
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I downloaded a sample of this book for my Kindle and was immediately impressed. I would have given this book "5 stars" but since I haven't finished it yet I didn't want to get ahead of myself. My A.S. child wasn't diagnosed until 4th grade so I didn't have the benefit of early therapy for him so now that he's endured middle school (don't know how ANY of us survived middle school!) and he's on to high school, I'm having to try to resolve some of the issues myself and this book seems directed toward the exact issues I'm going to encounter. So far it seems like it is going to at least give me some guidance or at least steer me in the direction I'm going to need to head in to find the help for my child. At least check out the sample. Warning: some of the first few pages are just factoids about what A.S. is, who it's named after, etc. but once you get past that, I think you will find it helpful. Also, I think that getting a head start with this information would be of great benefit. It will at least give you a bit of a "head's up" as to what you will be facing and so I don't think your A.S. child needs to be a teenager to get some great advice from this book.
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I only ordered this book because I had borrowed it from someone else and accidentally spilled something on it, destroying it, so I had to get them a replacement.

This book doesn't seem to know who its audience is. It is written in very dense, academic language, so at first you think, oh, this is for older teens/adults with a higher reading level. But then it goes into really, really basic things, like defining what "friend" and "family member" means. I'm sorry but any autistic individual who has the intelligence to read this book will already know half of what the book goes out to explain. For the record, I am an adult with ASD/Asperger Syndrome. My social skills are decent, considering, thanks to a lot of training and help that my parents gave me as a child and teenager. None of the kind of help that improved my own social skills is contained in this book at all. And it is not even close to being nuanced enough to help those who function at a reasonable level but want to keep improving. It seems like it's written for people who have no friends, live in their parents' basements, spend all their time on the internet, and are so all-consumed with their special interests that they don't even know what "friend" means. And even then I'm not sure it would actually help people like that!

The most interesting and useful parts of the book involved anecdotes written by people with AS and parents of people with AS. These specific and concrete vignettes were sometimes thought-provoking and could have provided real insight into what social functioning on the spectrum is like, but I don't think the author handled them as well as she could have. I feel like there was a lot of missed potential on this book. Unfortunately I cannot recommend it to anybody.
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