Strategies for Building Successful Relationships with People on the Autism Spectrum
272 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 Nov 2011

Strategies for Building Successful Relationships with People on the Autism Spectrum

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Containing life-changing strategies and solutions, this book will enable everyone who knows, lives with or works with an individual with autism to achieve a positive relationship that fosters cooperation and mutual respect.The author has dedicated over 20 years to studying, observing and implementing communication strategies that help him, his wife, their three children and his clients experience positive relationships. His immediate family are all on the autism spectrum and they work together to understand one another, resolve misunderstandings, and help each other feel important, loved and respected. Sharing their inspirational personal experiences and interweaving every chapter with practical hints and tips, the book looks at how to get communication working for everyone and emphasizes the importance of laying down ground rules and building confidence.This book will be essential reading for family, friends and professionals who wish to communicate more effectively with those on the autism spectrum.
I really like the idea of negotiation and asking for clarification in solving problems in social communication. When I was a child and I made social mistakes, mother quietly told me what I was doing wrong so I could correct. When I work with clients, I ask lots of questions so that I know exactly what the client expects from the completed design project. This insightful book will help many individuals to have better social relationships. Temple Grandin, authoraof Thinking in Pictures and The Way I See It, USBrian R. King brings to his book the multiple perspectives of father, health professional, and Aspie himself. Even if you thought you understood the problems your kids are facing, Brian can give you insights that never occurred to you... Brian's book presents a wealth of ideas and strategies for communicating and relating in a new way with the spectrumites in your life. Throw out the star charts and the social scripts. Those never worked, and never will. Bring in the strategies. They do work. I can vouch for them, because I am now using them with my own family, and the results have been positive and immediate... Brian's book will help you understand your loved ones as never before. And I predict you'll understand yourself a lot better, too. Joan Matthews, mother of James Williams, a young adult on the spectrum, US[...] Brian R. King delivers an engaging and perhaps complete guide into the mind of folks like us. King is a fellow spectrumite, and fellow spectrumite parent of spectrum kids; but it is his vocation as a social worker and counselor that wraps King's content into a wonderful addition to the growing library of great books about the entire autism spectrum. Michael John Carley, Executive Director, GRASP; Executive Director, ASTEP; and author of Asperger's from the Inside Out, USIn this insightful and easy to read book, Brian R. King explains what it feels like to have autism, providing us with the meansato a deeper understanding of those on the spectrum. [...] Brian offers tips and strategies in order to best assist a child with autism become his or her own person, respecting differences and building on strengths.aAll parents want their children to have meaningful relationships, and in [this book] Brian shares his expert advice in this domain. Brian's perspective is unique and well-informed: he is on the spectrum, is married to a person on the spectrum, is the father of three boysaon the spectrum, and is an experienced social worker. We have much to learn from him. Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of Autism Life Skills, Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and 41 Things to Know About Autism, USBrian R. King's Strategies for Building Successful Relationships with People on the Autism Spectrum is an indispensable contribution to the field of 'inside-out' books written by autism spectrum self-advocates. What could be more valuable to parents, family, and friends than understanding the emotional importance of relationships when viewed through the autism prism? William Stillman, author of Autism and the God Connection and Empowered Autism Parenting, USMr. King has created a conversation between people on the spectrum, their families and advocates with clarity, depth, wisdom and insight. His advice is both profound and infinitely practical. You'll want to keep this book handy and refer to it again and again. Rudy Simone, author of Aspergirls, 22 Things a Woman Must Know and Asperger's on the Job, USThis is one book I shall be highly recommending and one that I shall be dipping into regularly for its wisdom and truth. Coping with autism is often likened to a roller coaster ride. Strategies for Building Successful Relationships with People on the Autism Spectrum provides a model communication highway on which to travel the autism journey and as the mother of a son with ASD, I can certainly relate to that. K.I. Al-Ghani, special educational needs teacher and author of Learning About Friendship and From Home to School with Autism, UK
BrianaR.aKingaisaaaLicensedaClinicalaSocialaWorkeraand an international consultant on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Brian is the father of threeasonsaonatheaautismaspectrum, and his social work practiceafocusesaexclusively onaworking with the autism community. He and his wife are also on the autism spectrum. He resides in Chicago, IL.
Foreword by Liane Holliday Willey. Foreword by Susan Giurleo. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part I. What It Feels Like to Be on the Autism Spectrum. 1. We Have Autism. 2. I Made Myself a Promise. 3. It's all about Calm and Focus. 4. It Takes Strength to Connect with You. 5. My Senses Don't Play Well with Others, Including Me. 6. Coming to Your Senses. Part II. Creating Relationships That Work for Both of Us. 7. How to Build Self-Confidence in One Step. 8. Meeting Halfway. 9. Clarify, Clarify, Clarify. 10. The Art of Negotiation. 11. Asking for Help and Getting It. 12. From Rejection to Resilience. Glossary. References.
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