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Out of the many books I have read about Autism, this is one of the few that concentrates mainly on college skill development. The book, written by Sarita Freedman, starts out with a section on understanding & becoming familiar with Autism. It addresses Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and PDD-NOS in an easily understood manner, without any psychobabble. Once a good explanation of the conditions is given, it then moves into developing different Skill Sets, such as Self-Awareness, Self-Advocacy, Organizational and Asking for Help Skill Sets.

The development of these skills begins in early childhood and continues into college. This is the main reason that I’m encouraging everyone to read this book. As a person on the Autism Spectrum, you may gain deeper insight into your own behavior and find ways to get through them. I have applied many of the ideas presented in this book in my own life, and it has been of great help in working on my life skills. In fact, I found myself wishing I’d had this book before college, high school, and even before middle school it would have been of great assistance.

For parents, not only will you gain better understanding of what the condition is like to have, but you’ll be presented with numerous ideas, thoughts and therapies that will help build your child’s skills and therefore his or her self-confidence, something that is essential in attaining independence. You will also learn how to determine if your child has sensory problems and what can be done to soothe them.

You may be wondering what kind of therapies are discussed in this book, so here is a list to give you an idea: Social Stories™, Comic Strip Conversations™, Tony Attwood’s Emotional Toolbox, role-playing, visual charts & schedules, self-monitoring and management, relaxation training, behavioral therapy, etc.

The important thing to realize is that your child’s future depends on what happens now. I cannot stress enough – read this book and save space on the book shelf for it. I know that college may seem like an impossibility or just too far off to worry about right now, but please remember that all of these skills are given a solid foundation starting in childhood


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