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Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism 1st Edition
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This book is a must-read, must-do for young adults and their transition partners from all walks of life. -- Roger N. Meyer, author, Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook
This book is essential for anyone who cares for, teaches, employs or works with someone on the autism spectrum. -- Sue Moreno, founder and president, Maap Services Inc.
About the Author
KATE DUFFY has owned her own writing business for 16 years in addition to working as a writing and business instructor.
Top Customer Reviews
Other recommendations she makes were new to me. I had not thought of them, but they make alot of sense. She encourages people to go out and interview people in their field of choice to learn what they can about the industry. For neurotypical people, this would be akin to networking. For autistics, it is couched in a manner far easier for them to manage. People on the autism spectrum are probably not going to be good at social networking. But they would be very good at the interviews she recommends. She takes classic job networking and reworks it into research. I know my son LOVES researching more information on his interests, but digs in his heels at the thought of socializing.
Ms. Gradin also discusses the different styles of learning/thinking and which jobs are good for those type of people. My son happens to have amazing visual spatial abilities and is currently taking CAD in high school where he is getting straight A's. He now wants to become an architect which is exactly one of the fields Ms. Gradin reommends for visual spatial people on the spectrum.
Other beneficial feature of the book are the list of sources for information, examples of people in a wide selection of fields and Temple Gradin's personal observances.
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Presented in an easy to read format,this book focuses on using one's strengths, natural talents, and special interests to gain
employment and lead successful lives. This book offers helpful strategies to promote such things as addressing sensory needs in the workplace as well as creating a portfolio to showcase one's talents.
In today's society, having marketable job skills is a must. This book gives a proactive look at some of the challenges faced by people with HFA/AS. It is important for parents and educators to introduce the concepts of the book early in the educational careers of these students as the skills are life skills in addition to career skills.
For careers, not much insight as the gist was to try and make a career out of your special interest, which can vary among aspies. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it means that the career options are many for those of us with AS.
My second objective of learning how aspies can function effectively in the workplace was more disappointing. Most of the advice was things you could find in traditional career books. Not much on how to interview well, given our social challenges, or how to promote accomplishments because of the tendency to want to work alone. These are just two examples.
The book does a fair job of explaining AS and how it could present challenges in the workplace, but all in all, nothing insightful that can be used to find or succeed in a career.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift for a friend who has a teenager that has Asperger's. Since I am an educator in a public school system, I have read this book and found it to be what most teens are... Read morePublished 9 months ago by P. Mitchell
quick delivery. Purchased as a gift for friend with sister & son with aspergers, She was so appreciative -- its a great practical guide to career choice, Temple Grandin never... Read morePublished 11 months ago by lynn keyes
good resource book that has helped me with job prospects and learning to work with people on a professional level. Read morePublished 17 months ago by roses86
Helpful, but has much the same information that other job/career finding books have. Dress well, keep clean, and don't overreact to stressful situations. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Willie Thornley