AARC Tip of the Month | February 2019 | View as Webpage
Resources for Teens and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum
In the teenage and young adult years, youth are going through a new developmental phase where social dynamics are often not overtly apparent. For individuals with autism, navigating the social requirements of this age can be confusing and frustrating. This month we are focusing on resources for teens and young adults, as well as some training resources for parents and teachers.

Social Groups & Behavioral Health: Social groups can offer an opportunity to develop social skills in a safe and structured setting, and support groups can be beneficial for individuals to discuss similar struggles and find resources for support.

Community Events & Community Programs: Community events/programs that are geared towards individuals with autism and related disabilities can provide an opportunity to socialize with others in an accepting and supportive environment.

Trainings for Teachers/Parents in Social Skills:
  • AARC is excited to host Dr. Brenda Smith Myles for five upcoming community presentations. Many strategies discussed are applicable in supporting teens and young adults with autism. Join in-person or online! Learn More
  • Social Thinking offers free webinars on various social thinking topics, such as teaching social competencies, the zones of regulation, flexible/stuck thinking, etc.
  • Autism Internet Modules offers free trainings on evidence-based practices for autism. Social skills modules that support teens include: social narratives, social skills groups, and social supports for transition-aged individuals.
Upcoming AARC Events
Autism Insights: AARC Speaker Series Featuring Brenda Smith Myles
All presentations are  FREE  and available both in-person and online via livestream. Register on our  website
2/15/19, 1-4 PM | Anchorage & Online
Building Critical Mass: Learn easy-to-use strategies that can help individuals with ASD to move about their world as independently as possible, making informed decisions about their wants and needs.

2/16/19, 1-4 PM | Fairbanks & Online
Evidence-Based Practices: Learn about nationally identified interventions for children and youth who have autism, and how to apply them at home, at school, and in the community.

2/18/19, 5-8 PM | Utqiagvik & Online
Hidden Curriculum: Learn practical tips for teaching "hidden" social rules (unspoken rules, slang, metaphors, body language, etc), and incorporating this knowledge into every day life. 

2/21/19, 4:30-7:30 PM | Kodiak & Online
Self-Regulation, Meltdowns, & Sensory Issues: Learn the cycle of meltdowns, interventions that can be used during the cycle, and ways to prevent its occurrence.

2/22/19, 5-8 PM | Palmer & Online
To Graduation & Beyond: Learn strategies for achieving independence, including interventions for self-regulation and mindfulness. Learn how to avoid missteps and resolve ongoing challenges by creating a comprehensive plan to implement these tools in the workplace, for transportation, and in after-work settings.

Alaska Statewide Special Education Pre-Conference
2/23/19 & 2/24/19 | Anchorage
AARC is sponsoring 50% of the registration fees for those attending Brenda Smith-Myles' sessions at the pre-conference.  Register here .

Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference
2/25/19 - 2/27/19 | Anchorage
AARC specialists will be presenting at the conference.  Register here .

Family Bowling Night
3/27/19, 6-9 PM | Anchorage
Join us for a fun, FREE evening of bowling;  More details to come!

Autism Awareness Barnes & Noble Bookfair
3/30/19, 11-6 PM | Anchorage
Join us for a day of fun at Barnes & Noble!  More details on our website .

Autism Awareness Barnes & Noble Bookfair
4/6/19, 11 AM-6 PM | Fairbanks
Join us for a day of fun at Barnes & Noble!  More details on our website .

Anchorage Walks for Autism
4/13/19, 12-2 PM | Anchorage
An inclusive event to help raise autism awareness!  More details on our website .
Resources of the Month
The resources of the month are available in the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) Library. Search for items 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 .
Books:
Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A parent's guide to the cognitive, social, physical and transition needs of teenagers with autism spectrum disorders
By: Chantal Sicile-Kira
Perigee Book, 2006. ISBN: 9780399532368
Description: "... covers: health risks such as seizures and depression; treatments, therapies, and teaching strategies; teaching skills to cope with puberty, self-care, and social skills; teenage emotions, sexuality, appropriate relationships, and dating; middle school, high school, and developing an Individual Educational Program; preparing for life after high school." Publisher's website .
Asperger Download: A guide to help teenage males with Asperger syndrome trouble-shoot life's challenges
By: Josie & Damian Santomauro
AAPC, 2007. ISBN: 9781934575024
Description: A teenager with Asperger syndrome and his mother present information on topics that concern teenagers in an A to Z dictionary-style format.
The Aspie Teen's Survival Guide: Candid advice for teens, tweens, and parents, from a young man with Asperger's syndrome
By: J. D. Kraus.
Future Horizons, 2010. ISBN: 9781935274162
Description: Offers practical advice so readers can get the most out of middle and high school, both academically and socially, from sensory sensitivity to awkwardness, dating to driving.
Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adolescents and Adults: Evidence-based and promising interventions
Edited by: Matt Tincani & Andy Bondy
The Guilford Press, 2016. ISBN: 9781462526154
Description: "...describes ways to support adolescents and adults in succeeding in higher education and work, living independently, enjoying leisure activities, navigating meaningful personal relationships, and more." - Publisher's website
Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
By: Sarita Freedman
Foreword by: Tony Attwood
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010. ISBN: 9781843109174
Description: "describes the unique needs that ASD students entering further or higher education are likely to have. The author identifies the key skill-sets they will need to develop in order to be successful in college and in life, and shows how they can be helped to develop these." Publisher's website
Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A user guide to adolescence
By: Luke Jackson
Foreword by: Tony Attwood
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2002. ISBN: 1843100983
Description: "...Adolescence and the teenage years are a minefield of emotions, transitions and decisions, and when a child has Asperger syndrome, the result is often explosive... attempt[s] to address difficult topics such as bullying, friendships, when and how to tell others about AS, problems at school, dating and relationships, and morality." - Publisher's website
Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What parents and professionals should know about the pre-teen and teenage years
By: Shana Nichols,w/ Ginamarie Moravcik & Samara Pulver-Tetenbaum
Foreword by: Liane Holliday Willey.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009. ISBN: 9781843108559
Description: "...covers all the concerns commonly faced by girls with ASDs and their parents, from periods and puberty to worries over friendships and "fitting in". ...This book addresses core issues such as cognition, communication, behavior, sensory sensitivities, and social difficulties; it gives candid and realistic advice on a wide range of important teenage topics. " - Publisher's website
Growing Up on the Spectrum: A guide to life, love, and learning for teens and young adults with autism and Asperger's
By: Lynn Kern Koegel and Claire LaZebnik
Additional material and illustrations by: Andrew LaZebnik
Penguin Books, 2009. ISBN: 9780670020676
Description: "offers the reassurance, solace, and practical solutions that so many people are searching for... strategies for working with teens and young adults living with this complex condition. Address[es] universal parental concerns, from first crushes and a changing body to how to succeed in college and beyond..." Publisher's website
The Hidden Curriculum: For understanding unstated rules in social situations for adolescents and young adults
By: Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa Trautman, & Ronda Schelvan
Foreword by: Michelle Garcia Winner
Revised and expanded edition. AAPC, 2013. ISBN: 9781937473747
Description: "The hidden curriculum includes: unwritten rules, metaphors and idioms, jokes and riddles, and assumptions and expectations -- information that is typically hidden from individuals with ASD... provide[s] hundreds of hidden curriculum items and a series of instructional strategies that can be used to teach the hidden curriculum." Publisher's website
The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the social landscape of employment: a guide for individuals with autism spectrum and other social-cognitive challenges
By: Brenda Smith Myles, Judy Endow, and Malcolm Mayfield
AAPC, 2013. ISBN: 9781937473020
Description: "... provides necessary yet often untaught information on a variety of topics related to getting a job, finding a mentor, networking, interviewing, talking with supervisors, dealing with on-the-job-frustrations, understanding the social rules at work and many other topics." Publisher's website
Middle School: The stuff nobody tells you about: a teenage girl with high-functioning autism shares her experiences
By: Haley Moss, Preface by: Susan Moreno
Foreword by: Diane Adreon
AAPC, 2010. ISBN: 9781934575628
Description: "... a teenager with high-functioning autism relates her own experiences in middle school. Aimed at young teens, Middle School tackles the issues that girls this age care about: fitting in, making friends, wearing the right clothes, succeeding academically and more. The book's "for teens, by teens" approach makes it an easy, fun read while giving readers practical tips that they can use in their everyday lives." - Publisher's website
Parenting a Teen or Young Adult with Asperger Syndrome (Autistic Spectrum Disorder): 325 ideas, insights, tips and strategies
By: Brenda Boyd
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014. ISBN: 9781849052825
Description: "...practical ideas, insights, tips and strategies that address the complex issues parents face during this crucial period of transition for their child with Asperger Syndrome (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). The practical, bite-size suggestions focus on the vital importance of developing and nurturing an open and healthy relationship with your son or daughter... addresses common problem areas such as social vulnerability and peer relationships, self-esteem, anxiety and coping with change." Publisher's website
Sex, Drugs and Asperger's Syndrome (ASD): A user guide to adulthood
By: Luke Jackson
Foreword by: Tony Attwood
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016. ISBN: 9781785921964
Description: "...focuses on the pitfalls involved in navigating the transition to adulthood, and the challenges of adult life. He covers everything from bullying and drugs to socialising, sex, negotiating relationships, and finding and keeping your first job." Publisher's website
Socially Curious and Curiously Social: A social thinking guidebook for teens & young adults with Asperger's, ADHD, PDD-NOS, NVLD, or other murky undiagnosed social learning issues
By: Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke
Think Social Publishing, 2009. ISBN: 9780979292286
Description: "...a detailed guidebook to help teens and young adults with social thinking as they sail the stormy seas of dating, texting, lies, and everyday relationships." Glenn Saltz, quoted on back cover.
DVDs:
Managing Puberty, Social Challenges, and (Almost) Everything
A Coultervideo production
Writer, producer, director: Dan Coulter
Coulter Video, 2013
Description: Created for girls with autism as well as all girls who have questions regarding puberty, sexuality, safety, dating, and friendships.
Strategies to Prevent and Overcome Difficult Moments for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Brenda Smith Myles
Autism Asperger Publishing, 2005
Description: Designed to help the understanding of behavior associated with autism spectrum disorders which include: rage cycles, tantrums, and meltdowns along with intervention for each stage.
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