A Self-Determined Future with Asperger Syndrome presents an empowering, practical approach to helping people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) to succeed at college, at work, at home and in life.
The authors highlight how treating AS as a `problem' is unproductive, and advocate a solution focused approach which recognizes and uses the strengths of people with AS to foster mutual respect and understanding.
Drawing on both their personal experience and knowledge of counselling, the authors use anecdotes and stories to show how people with AS cope in day-to-day situations. They also illustrate how effective communication and understanding of a person's needs and goals are key to improving daily life for people with AS. The final section of the book comprises practical worksheets and resources to help people with AS to recognize their achievements and work towards their goals.
This book will be of interest to people who are affected by AS, their families, and the people who work with them.
E. Veronica Bliss has over 20 years' experience working with individuals on the autistic spectrum, and has been working as a solution focused psychologist for the past six years. Genevieve Edmonds has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and has received training in solution-focused brief therapy, having received a variety of therapeutic input including solution focused approaches. She is currently providing talks, training and support in the field of autism throughout the UK, and completing academic study in autism and Asperger Syndrome.
Acknowledgements. Special Note. Foreword. 1: Introduction. 2: Solution Focused Approaches: Philosophy and Techniques. 3: Autistic Characteristics and Solution Focused Therapy. 4: Putting It All Together. 5: Solution Focused Approaches in Everyday Life. 6: Seven People and a Social Group. 7: Practical Resources. Index.