• Socially Curious and Curiously Social

    by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke Year Published: 2009
    A detailed guidebook to help teens and young adults with social thinking skills. A  valuable resource to help young adults navigate social interactions.
    I use this book as a guide in our social thinking groups at BHS. It is a wonderful starting place for conversation and discussion regarding friendships, hanging out with peers, dating, and deciphering the hidden agendas of being a teenager.
     
    Recommended for High School students with social thinking challenges. 
     
    Link to Michelle Garcia Winner's website for additional resources, blogs and much more.
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  • Developing Talents

    by Temple Grandin and Kate Duffy Year Published: 2004
    "A book with hard-hitting, concrete help for adolescents and young adults preparing for the adult world of work. ... Temple Grandin humanizes this challenging part of our young adults' world by sharing her own stories and advice. Of special importance is the emphasis upon developing social and communication skills. The book is full of practical how-to's and step-by-step instructions for making it through the maze of choosing a career."  (comments extracted from book review by Roger N. Meyer, author of Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook)
     
    Recommended for parents and High School/Post High School individuals with AS.
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  • Employment for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome

    by Yvona Fast Year Published: 2004
     Employment for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome or Non-Verbal Learning Disability
    This is a resource to help individuals with Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NLD) or Asperger Syndrome (AS) prepare for employment. It includes numerous real-life stories shared by people with NLD or AS that will inspire and provide practical information. Advice is given for job hunting to interview strategies to "fitting in" in the workplace.
     
    Recommended read for parents and/or late High School to Post High School individuals with NLD or AS
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  • Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome

    by Luke Jackson Year Published: 2002
    Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence was written by 13 year old teen living in England. Luke wrote his book because he had questions concerning his life and experiences and was unsuccessful in finding answers that related to adolescence. His hope was that in writing the book he would be answering his questions, some of the questions other adolescents were asking, and at the same time helping parents and others understand their child with Aspergers. He writes with humor, honesty and understanding of the challenges and celebrations that are his life.
     
    He starts with a quote:   If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it
                                                is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the 
                                                music he hears, however measured or far away.
                                                                                                            (Henry David Thoreau, 1854)
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  • House Rules

    by Jodi Picoult Year Published: 2010
    (fiction)
    House Rules tells the story of how autism affects a family and how our legal system works for those who communicate in a certain way and fails those who don't. 
     
    Recommended for adults. 
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  • look me in the eye: my life with asperger's

    by John Elder Robison Year Published: 2008
    A memoir telling of the author's journey from childhood to adult life and growing up with undiagnosed Asperger Syndrome. I found the book touching, humorous, and sad; an amazing story of a unique individual that always knew he was different but did not discover the name for those differences until he was forty years old. The author has a young adult son with AS that contributes regularly to the online Autism Talk TV.
     
    Recommended for parents or adults. I would suggest parents read the book before deciding if the content is appropriate for your teen or young adult in High School. 
     
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