Autism and the Transition to Adulthood: Success beyond the classroom
by Paul Wehman, Ph.D., Marcia Datlow Smith, Ph.D., & Carol Schall, Ph.D.Wehman, P., Datlow Smith, M. & Schall, C. (2009). Autism and the Transition to Adulthood: Success beyond the classroom. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.
Autism and the Transition to Adulthood provides professionals with hard-to-find information on how specific social, behavioral, and cognitive characteristics of people with autism affect the transition to adulthood, exploring potential challenges and traits that can be powerful assets. The book also a complete guide that walks them through every aspect of transition planning, including planning for employment and postsecondary education:
- conducting skillful assessment to determine a young person's individual career goals, job-related strengths, and independent living skills
- using well-designed instructional supports, routines, and spaces in inclusive classrooms
- implementing positive behavior support to help young adults with autism succeed in school and at work
- providing community-based instruction at naturally occurring times, so it's easier for students to learn and generalize new skills
- showing students and their families how to make the most of SSA disability benefits
- assisting students with college preparation, from choosing a college to managing academic and social demands
- using supported and/or customized employment strategies to help young people establish satisfying careers that play to their strengths
- helping young people develop critical life skills they'll use across settings
- unlocking the benefits of community services and programs, such as vocational rehabilitation programs and Centers for Independent Living
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