The BASICS College Curriculum presents a hands-on approach to learning essential independence and life skills for students and new graduates with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The fourth book helps young adults to develop strategies for successfully managing workplace challenges, both before they enter the workplace and during employment.
Students or recent graduates are shown how to identify and develop strategies to overcome common challenges associated with ASD in the workplace. These include communication and social interactions with colleagues, working in a team, proactively and successfully managing workload, dealing with stress, and managing their emotions.
Ideal for graduates to use independently or for students in their last year of college, each chapter has a lesson-based progressive structure, providing valuable information and advice for the student, useful diagrams, practical exercises and workbook components that can be filled in at home or in class. Self-assessment tools ensure the skills from each chapter can be reviewed and adjusted as necessary. The book can be used on its own or in conjunction with the other books in the BASICS curriculum for a complete program of self-development.
This book is an excellent resource to assist young adults on the Autism spectrum to successfully transition from education to employment. It helps Autistic young people to identify their strengths and address barriers to employment. Filled with practical activities and case studies, tips and strategies, this handbook helps Autistic young people navigate the social world of work and its hidden curriculum.
Michelle Rigler, EdD, is director of the Disability Resource Center at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She created and runs their MoSAIC Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Having completed a Master's Degree in special education and worked for a number of years as a special education teacher, she embarked on a career in Higher Education in 2004 and received a Doctorate in education in learning and leadership.
Amy Rutherford is program coordinator for the Disability Resource Center's MoSAIC Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in mental health counseling with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Emily Quinn is access coordinator for the Disability Resource Center and serves in the role of coach and instructor for the MoSAIC Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Special Education.
Chapter 1. Finding your Professional Niche
Lesson 1: Neurodiversity in the Work I
Lesson 2: Finding a Company that Works for You
Lesson 3: Creating your Optimal Work Environment
Lesson 4: Professional Tool for Niche Development In a Career
Chapter 2. The Interview
Lesson 1: Preparation for Interview
Lesson 2: Making a Connection
Lesson 3: Follow Up
Lesson 4: Professional Tool for Scripting Common Interview Responses
Chapter 3. Disclosure and Self- Advocacy
Lesson 1: Legal Protection Against Discrimination and Equal Access to Accommodations
Lesson 2: Art of Disclosure
Lesson 3: Tell Your Own Story
Lesson 4: Professional Tool for Navigating Disclosure
Chapter 4. Professional Workplace Structure
Lesson 1: Understanding Professional Communication
Lesson 2: Communication Strategies
Lesson 3: Navigating Professional Miscues
Lesson 4: Professional Tool for Managing Workplace Communication
Chapter 5. Stress Management
Lesson 1: Understanding Responsibilities and Identifying Stressors
Lesson 2: Managing Your Environment
Lesson 3: Responding to Stress in the Workplace
Lesson 4: Professional Tool for Managing Stress
Chapter 6. Collaboration and Teamwork
Lesson 1: The Purpose of Teamwork
Lesson 2: Individual Contributions.
Lesson 3: Conflict Resolution
Lesson 4: Professional Tool for Defining Your Role in a Team
Chapter 7. Water Cooler Culture
Lesson 1: The Hidden Rules
Lesson 2: Learning through Casual Interactions.
Lesson 3: Joining in the Culture
Lesson 4: Professional Tool for Creating Social Rules.
Chapter 8. Professional Growth
Lesson 1: Starting Over is Okay
Lesson 2: Ongoing Professional Development
Lesson 3: Evaluation and Feedback.
Lesson 4: Professional Tools for Continuing Development
APPENDIX A: BACK TO BASICS CHART PROFESSIONAL EXAMPLE
APPENDIX B: GUIDED DISCUSSION
APPENDIX C: RESUME TOOLS
APPENDIX D: SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
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