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Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: A Practical Guide to Day-to-day Life 1st Edition
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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
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".
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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Maybe good if you need super bisc info. Not so great for those that have made a good amount of progress already.Published 4 months ago by Brandon B.
Very helpful in older teens and young adults. I am working with people in this population. The book helps me gain insight into their thinking style, and helps them understand how... Read morePublished 8 months ago by JJ Gig
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Challenging book to read. Reads like a PhD dissertation. Not very practical at all. Somewhat obvious advice.
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