Asperger Syndrome: An Owners Manual Volume 2 for Older Adolescents and Adults is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Asperger Syndrome - An Owner's Manual, which was primarily designed for middle school-age children. The second volume is modeled after its predecessor insofar as it offers information about Asperger Syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders in a respectful and positive manner. This interactive workbook deals with issues that young adults and adults face such as relationships, marriage, independent living skills, employment, self-care and executive functioning. This much-needed resource is designed to inform and support the individual with AS as he or she comes to grips with her strengths and challenges and plans for a successful adulthood within the neurotypical world.
Asperger Syndrome: An Owner's Manual Volume 2 for Older Adolescents and Adults presents AS as a 'way of being' rather than solely as a 'deficit' or 'deficiency.' This approach itself is encouraging and empowering. This practical workbook guides users through a process of self-discovery that allows them to understand how AS affects their daily lives. This information is then utilized to create plans and strategies customized to meet the unique needs of the user in an effort to reach self-set goals.
Ellen has done it again with this invaluable, visually based 'owner's manual' written directly for adolescents and adults with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism. This workbook fills a gap in the literature for empowering, recognizing and marshaling the considerable strengths of this population to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
--Stephen M. Shore, internationally known author, presenter, and consultant on issues relating to the autism spectrum; member of the Board of the Autism Society of America
This comprehensive, highly personalizable manual/workbook is a sorely needed aid in the lives of adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. For the adult who is bright and motivated but lacks critical executive functioning skills, Korin's practical manual provides crucial guidance along the path of individual, social, and professional growth. This life-building tool covers important topics such as self-understanding, disclosure, organization, self-care, and relationships, and is a helpful guide, to be used alone or with a coach, for any young adult on (or even off) the autism spectrum.
--Dania Jekel, MSW, executive director, Asperger's Association of New England
This hugely enlightening book brings forward to an older population the many insights and suggestions of the author's earlier 'owner's manual' for middle-school-aged children with Asperger Syndrome. Adults and older adolescents will find the same superb structure, advice, and wonderful common sense in this new volume as in her last. Ellen Korin is to be congratulated for her significant contribution to the field.
--Danial Rosenn, MD, Harvard Medical School, founding board member of the Asperger's Association of New England
About the Author
Ellen Korin, MEd, is a special educator with more than 35 years of experience in public and private education and almost 15 years working as a life skills coach with children and adults with organizational, motivational, executive functioning, and autism spectrum disorders. She has developed a protocol and a set of interventions that have proven effective for helping persons on the spectrum to improve their quality of life. Ellen earned her bachelor's degree at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She obtained a master's degree in special education from Boston State College. She presents locally and nationally.