AARC Tip of the Month - April 2018
Adults with Autism
As more children are diagnosed with autism, that means more adults are living with autism as well. Adults with autism are a community that organizations are just now starting to develop more resources to support. If you are interested in learning how to best support and adult with autism, or if you are an adult with ASD, here are some resources for you:

Complete a material request form on our website for a free copy of our "Adult Autism Packet." This packet contains several articles on this topic.  

Visit Autism Speaks for a free printable guide:  https://www.autismspeaks.org/adult-tool-kit   

Visit the Interactive Autism Network at  https://iancommunity.org/cs/adults

Or, check out one of the books recommended by the SESA Librarian below!

Upcoming Autism Awareness Month Events:

* Autism Awareness Bookfair
Barnes & Noble,
11 AM - 6 PM
Free and open to the public: Learn more
Shining Abilities
Craft Fair
Sears Mall, 

4/ 14/18

10 AM - 4 PM
Sensory-Friendly Storytime
Loussac Library, Anchorage
1 PM - 2 PM
Free and open to the public:  Lean more
* Anchorage Walks for Autism O'Malley Sports Center,
4/28/18 12 PM - 2 PM
Learn more
Alaska 5K for Autism Pioneer Park, Fairbanks 6/2/18

* AARC sponsored event
Books of the Month:
The books of the month are available in the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) Library. Search for books on the  SESA website, or contact the librarian, Anne Freitag, at  afreitag@sesa.org  or  907-334-1301 

Electronic books may be accessed from anywhere in the state. If you've used our ebooks before,  go to the login page here.  If you haven't, please contact Anne so she can set up a username and password for you.  Learn more about ebooks here.

A full list of materials relating to adults on the autism spectrum is here: http://sesa.org/content/library/AdultASD
Asperger Syndrome at Work [videorecording (DVD)] : Success strategies for employees and employers.
Coulter Video, c2009.

Description: Designed to help teen and adult employees with Asperger Syndrome find and keep a job and to increase understanding by supervisors and coworkers of employees with Asperger Syndrome. The video includes segments for job seekers and employers. It would also be helpful to job coaches, schools, and supported employment programs.
Aspies Alone Together: A survival guide for women living with Asperger syndrome
By: Elaine M. Day.
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014
ISBN:  9781496002402

Description: The autobiography of Elaine Day, a woman who grew up with undiagnosed Asperger Syndrome and a survival guide she has created for other women on the spectrum. Not just for those learning about AS as adults, this guide is helpful to any woman suffering from AS and describes some of the differences between men and women with Asperger Syndrome.
Autism Spectrum Disorders Through the Life Span
By: Digby Tantam
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013.
ISBN:  9781849053440

Description: "This professional text covers every aspect of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), from science to services, from the most disabling Kanner's syndrome to the most high-functioning Asperger syndrome, and from birth to old age. The book contains the latest research on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, intervention and support of individuals with ASD, and examines their implications at various stages of life. A wide range of neurological, genetic, psychological, developmental, social, and emotional issues are covered, and the author also includes less accessible information on the diagnosis and treatment of associated psychiatric and medical conditions, the overlap between the ASDs and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the management of behavioural and forensic problems. The author does not presume existing technical knowledge and the background to new methods of assessment, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, standardized clinical and psychological assessment, and genetic testing, is explained. This book is a resource for working with individuals of all ages who are on the autism spectrum. It contains research into the causes and treatment of the disorder." - Publisher's Website
Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adults
By: Bernardo Barahona CorrĂ£ea, Rutger-Jan van der Gaag, editors
Springer, 2017
ISBN:  9783319427119

Description: "In this book a group of international experts guide the reader through the clinical features of adults with autism spectrum disorders, describe the care needs of patients and their families, explain the evolution of the disorders into old age, and highlight what can be done to help. Detailed attention is paid to the medical and psychiatric problems of adults with these disorders and the approach to their education and professional integration. In addition, expert neuroscientists summarize current views on the neurobiology of autism. Autism spectrum disorders are devastating neurodevelopmental disorders. Although diagnosis and therapeutic interventions usually take place in infancy, they are chronic lifelong conditions. Surprisingly, the literature on autism spectrum disorders in adults is scarce. Moreover, most mental health professionals working with adults have little training in autism, and adult mental health services around the world are rarely prepared to address the needs of these patients, which tend to increase with age. This book therefore fills a crucial gap in the literature and will prove useful for all who care for and deal with adults in the Autistic Spectrum." - Publisher's website
Helping Adults with Asperger's Syndrome Get & Stay Hired: Career coaching strategies for professionals and parents of adults on the autism spectrum
By: Barbara Bissonnette
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015.
ISBN:  9781849057547

Description: "Employment expert Barbara Bissonnette provides strategies that professionals and parents need to guide individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) to manageable jobs, and keep them employed. Career counselors and coaches, vocational rehabilitation specialists, other professionals, and parents are often unsure of how to assist people with Asperger's Syndrome. Traditional career assessments and protocols do not match their unique needs. In this practical book, readers will gain insight into how people with Asperger's Syndrome think and the common employment challenges they face. It explains how to build rapport and trust, facilitate better job matches, improve interpersonal communication and executive function skills, and encourage flexible-thinking and problem-solving. With tried-and-tested advice, assessment tools, and in-depth profiles of actual coaching clients and innovative companies that are utilizing the specialized skills of people with Asperger's, this book shows the way to a brighter employment future for those on the autism spectrum." - Publisher's website
I Think I Might Be Autistic: A guide to autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and self-discovery for adults
By: Cynthia Kim
Narrow Gauge, c2013.
ISBN:  9780989597111

Description: In her forties, the author was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. She addresses aspects of living with ASD as a late-diagnosed adult, including coping with the emotional effect of discovering oneself to be autistic and deciding with whom to share the diagnosis and how.
Life and Love: Positive strategies for autistic adults
By: Zosia Zaks
Foreward by: Temple Grandin
Autism Asperger Publishing Company, c2006.
ISBN:  9781931282932

Description: "Written for adults on the spectrum and those involved - parents, spouses, friends - this book is divided into two sections: life and love. In the life section, the author describes and suggests concrete ways to deal with some of the issues and problems faced by those on the autism spectrum. Examples include how to accommodate sensory issues, maintain a home, and manage a career. In the love section, instead of focusing on one topic, the author includes a broad spectrum of suggestions for different types of relationships and weaves these together with the core concept of self-esteem." - Publisher's website
Living Well on the Spectrum: How to use your strengths to meet the challenges of Asperger syndrome/high-functioning autism
By: Valerie L. Gaus
Guilford Press, 2011.
ISBN:  9781606236345

Description: "Being "different" is old news for adults with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism (AS/HFA), whether they were diagnosed as children or only recently. Meeting a huge demand and providing indispensable practical guidance, prominent therapist Valerie Gaus shows how difference can be a strength. By mastering specific coping and problem-solving skills that "neurotypical" folks take for granted, people with AS/HFA can achieve greater success in everything from dealing with daily routines and social interactions to building a career and negotiating intimate relationships. The straight-talking, methodical writing style is expressly tailored to this audience's preferences and needs. The book is packed with questionnaires and worksheets that help readers pinpoint their areas of greatest concern and develop personalized action plans to build the life they want" - Provided by publisher.
Travelling on the Autism Spectrum
By: Garry Burge
Garry Burge, [2017]
ISBN:  9780244013646

Description: "As an adult on the Autism Spectrum, Garry Burge has been fortunate to have travelled quite extensively overseas, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. Although travel may seem a distant possibility for many adults on the Autism Spectrum, Garry hopes that this book will provide encouragement, not only for them but also for travel providers, travel agents and other organisations."
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