Living Well on the Spectrum: How to Use Your Strengths to Meet the Challenges of 9781606236345

Living Well on the Spectrum: How to Use Your Strengths to Meet the Challenges of 9781606236345
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Synopsis
Being "different" is old news for adults with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism (AS/HFA), whether they were diagnosed as children or only recently. Meeting a huge demand and providing indispensable practical guidance, prominent therapist Valerie Gaus shows how difference can be a strength. By mastering specific coping and problem-solving skills that "neurotypical" folks take for granted, people with AS/HFA can achieve greater success in everything from dealing with daily routines and social interactions to building a career and negotiating intimate relationships. The straight-talking, methodical writing style is expressly tailored to this audience's preferences and needs. The book is packed with questionnaires and worksheets that help readers pinpoint their areas of greatest concern and develop personalized action plans to build the life they want. This book will be important reading for adults with AS/HFA and their family members; also of interest to mental health professionals and students. Navigating the "neurotypical" world with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism (AS/HFA) can be extremely stressful. But by understanding the specific ways your brain works differently--and how to tap into your personal strengths--you can greatly enhance your well-being. In this wise and practical book, experienced therapist Valerie L. Gaus helps you identify goals that will make your life better and take concrete steps to achieve them. Grounded in psychological science, the techniques in this book help you: *Learn the unspoken rules of social situations. *Improve your communication skills. *Get organized at home and at work. *Manage anxiety and depression. *Strengthen your relationships with family and friends. *Live more successfully on your own or with others. A wealth of stories, questionnaires, worksheets, and concrete examples help you find personalized solutions to problems you are likely to encounter. You can download and print additional copies of the worksheets for repeated use. Finally, a compassionate, knowledgeable, positive guide to living well on the spectrum.
Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 1606236342
ISBN-13 9781606236345
eBay Product ID (ePID) 92526557
Key Details
Author Valerie L. Gaus
Number Of Pages 383 pages
Format Paperback
Publication Date 2011-03-15
Language English
Publisher Guilford Publications
Publication Year 2011
Additional Details
Copyright Date 2011
Dimensions
Weight 27.3 Oz
Height 0.9 In.
Width 8 In.
Length 10.5 In.
Target Audience
Group Trade
Classification Method
LCCN 2010-045211
LC Classification Number RC553.A88G384 2011
Dewey Decimal 616.85/8832
Dewey Edition 22
Contributors
Foreword by Stephen Shore
Reviews
"A marvelous book with extremely helpful and practical advice. This book will be of tremendous help to individuals with AS/HFA."--Fred R. Volkmar, MD, coauthor ofA Practical Guide to Autism; Child Study Center, Yale University "Hooking the reader in with a 'yes, that's me!' example, Dr. Gaus presents the autism community with a positive, powerful plan for living life to the fullest. Thoughtful, easy-to-use worksheets help you reframe what might have been considered deficits and weaknesses of the past into differences and strengths of the present and future. More than just a 'must read,' this book is a 'must experience' for everyone on the autism spectrum and those who support them."--Stephen Shore, EdD, coauthor ofUnderstanding Autism for Dummies "As an Aspie, I found this an excellent and readable guide. The book gives readers a better understanding of their social, intellectual, and physical strengths and weaknesses, and provides strategies for improving communication and social skills. It includes helpful techniques for choosing goals and setting course toward them. Kudos to Dr. Gaus for creating this manual--I hope it will be much read."--Eric Schissel, Ithaca, New York "Dr. Gaus presents her ideas clearly and effectively and makes terrific use of practical examples. She offers great ideas to help those on the spectrum decrease stress and maximize their progress toward life goals by understanding, fully utilizing, and celebrating their special qualities."--Gary B. Mesibov, PhD, coauthor of Understanding Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism "A marvelous book with extremely helpful and practical advice. This book will be of tremendous help to individuals with AS/HFA."--Fred R. Volkmar, MD, coauthor of A Practical Guide to Autism; Child Study Center, Yale University "Hooking the reader in with a 'yes, that's me!' example, Dr. Gaus presents the autism community with a positive, powerful plan for living life to the fullest. Thoughtful, easy-to-use worksheets help you reframe what might have been considered deficits and weaknesses of the past into differences and strengths of the present and future. More than just a 'must read,' this book is a 'must experience' for everyone on the autism spectrum and those who support them."--Stephen Shore, EdD, author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome "Dr. Gaus presents her ideas clearly and effectively and makes terrific use of practical examples. She offers great ideas to help those on the spectrum decrease stress and maximize their progress toward life goals by understanding, fully utilizing, and celebrating their special qualities." -Gary B. Mesibov, coauthor of Understanding Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autismand Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, USA "As an Aspie, I found this an excellent and readable guide. The book gives readers a better understanding of their social, intellectual, and physical strengths and weaknesses, and provides strategies for improving communication and social skills. It includes helpful techniques for choosing goals and setting course toward them. Kudos to Dr. Gaus for creating this manual - I hope it will be much read." - Eric Schissel, Ithaca, New York, USA "Dr. Valerie L. Gaus delivers on her intent to make a user-friendly guidebook to assist with the challenges common to individuals on the autism spectrum. She directs the reader to turn such challenges into accompanying strengths in order to cope with activities of daily living....This book can be described as practical. While it is best used with high-functioning older adolescent and young adult populations, it is very easy to read and can be assigned as homework for the client to work through on his or her own. Accompanying graphics, parallel language structure, and organization reinforce concepts throughout the book....A valuable resource. If used as a reference, especially the first section can be extremely helpful in better understanding, operationalizing, and reframing the deficit areas often associated with individuals on the spectrum." "Gaus directly targets what adults and young adults with AS/HFA struggle with daily. Worksheets written in plain language will assist readers in discovering problem areas, strengths, goals, and more; recommended for ASD patients and their families." "Hooking the reader in with a 'yes, that's me!' example, Dr. Gaus presents the autism community with a positive, powerful plan for living life to the fullest. Thoughtful, easy-to-use worksheets help you reframe what might have been considered deficits and weaknesses of the past into differences and strengths of the present and future. More than just a 'must read,' this book is a 'must experience' for everyone on the autism spectrum and those who support them."--Stephen Shore, EdD, coauthor ofUnderstanding Autism for Dummies "If I was asked to define Living Well on the Spectrum in one word, the first one that comes to mind is: Pragmatic....Unlike some other books and material available, this book specifically address and opens up a dialogue on the issue of quality of life and the difference between being alive and living....The pragmatic approach within this book is commendable and most certainly one that is off the beaten path." "On a daily basis, adults on the spectrum face stressful, frustrating, and sometimes debilitating roadblocks that most neurotypical individuals don't appreciate or understand. Author Valerie Gaus, a psychologist who has been immersed in working with spectrum adults for more than 15 years, 'gets it.' Her newest book...is a straight-talking roadmap that will provide both wind and rudder to help adults navigate daily life and meet long-term goals. Filled with practical strategies to minimize stress and maximize progress toward individual goals, this book exudes an unwavering strength-based, can-do attitude. Dr. Gaus reinterprets what could be considered deficits and weaknesses of AS/HFA into distinctive strengths that can be used to one's advantage throughout life. She infuses this attitude with candor and sensitivity...She combines an uncanny understanding of the challenges ASD presents with an array of practical, problem-solving tactics. What's different about this book is the methodical, concrete way she helps the spectrum adult assess his or her current way of thinking and functioning, recognize the patterns that are interfering with personal and professional success, and then create a customized step-by-step personal solution plan. Living Well is a powerful guide for achieving well-being in all areas of life."--Autism Asperger's Digest

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