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Developing Identity, Strengths, and Self-Perception for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Developing Identity, Strengths, and Self-Perception for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The BASICS College Curriculum

Michelle Rigler, Amy Rutherford and Emily Quinn

Part of the The BASICS College Curriculum series

Quick Overview

This practical college curriculum helps students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to develop an understanding of their identity, self-perception and strengths and how to use this self-knowledge to succeed at college, in their social lives, and in their careers. It is an ideal textbook for ASD college programs or for student self-study.
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Paperback / softback
2015, 10.91in x 8.50in / 277mm x 216mm, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-797-4
2015, PDF, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-095-5
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The BASICS College Curriculum presents a hands-on approach to learning essential independence and life skills for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The second book helps young adults to explore their identity and self-perception and encourages them to consider their personal characteristics and strengths, to help navigate college life more easily and to provide a starting point for thinking about future careers.

Ideal as a textbook for ASD college programs and suitable for students to use for self-study, it focuses on reframing the student's perception of ASD by looking at personal experiences, the language of diagnosis, and ASD in the media and it encourages students to identify their strengths in social, group or work settings. Each chapter has a lesson-based progressive structure, providing valuable information and advice for the student, useful diagrams, practical exercises and workbook components that can be filled in at home or in class. Self-assessment tools ensure the skills from each chapter can be reviewed and adjusted as necessary.

The book can be used on its own or in conjunction with the other BASICS curriculum books to further develop essential life skills.


'Dr. Rigler and her team have outdone themselves. This second book in the series is the perfect follow-up, as it will assist students with building self-perception, self-awareness, and self-esteem. The graphics are superb, providing visual reminders of the issues and techniques presented. The use of identity language further encourages students to tap in, embrace, and encompass their personal strengths!'
- Lisa M. Meeks, PhD, Director of Student Disability Services, University of California, San Francisco

'This book is a must-have for all young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It outlines specific strategies and exercises to tackle one of the most difficult to address, as well as most overlooked, developmental differences that people with ASDs face; that is, developing a sense of self, identifying personal strengths, and learning how to build on them. Self-reflection and the ability to observe and learn about the self is one of the most pervasive challenges those with ASD face. Thanks to the addition of the BASICS College Curriculum series, and especially this book, the need for a structured approach to help each person with ASD reach his or her personal aptitudes has been met and is easily accessible to all.'
- Karen L. Weigle, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Chattanooga Autism Center and Associate Director, Center for START Services, University of New Hampshire




This is one downloadable PDF, including the following templates from the book: page 13 ‘Back to BASICS template’; pages 37, 54, 68, 86, 103, 139,  165, 187, ‘Back to Basics: Rate Yourself’ chart; page 77 ‘How others view you as a person with ASD’; and page 131 ‘Social Emergency Response Plan’.

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