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Developing Workplace Skills for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Developing Workplace Skills 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 enter into working life with confidence. Suitable for independent or guided study, it teaches young people strategies for managing the stresses and challenges of employment.
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Paperback / softback
2016, 10.98in x 8.54in / 279mm x 217mm, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-799-8
2016, PDF, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-097-9
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The BASICS College Curriculum presents a hands-on approach to learning essential independence and life skills for students and new graduates with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The fourth book helps young adults to develop strategies for successfully managing workplace challenges, both before they enter the workplace and during employment.

Students or recent graduates are shown how to identify and develop strategies to overcome common challenges associated with ASD in the workplace. These include communication and social interactions with colleagues, working in a team, proactively and successfully managing workload, dealing with stress, and managing their emotions.

Ideal for graduates to use independently or for students in their last year of college, 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 books in the BASICS curriculum for a complete program of self-development.


'This book is an excellent resource to assist young adults on the Autism spectrum to successfully transition from education to employment. It helps Autistic young people to identify their strengths and address barriers to employment. Filled with practical activities and case studies, tips and strategies, this handbook helps Autistic young people navigate the social world of work and its hidden curriculum.'
- Jeanette Purkis - Autism self-advocate, civil servant and author of ‘The Wonderful Word of Work: A Workbook for Asperteens’



Click here for a downloadable PDF that includes the following templates from the book:

Back to Basics: Rate Yourself template, pages 12, 30, 56, 77, 96, 121, 145, 170, and 187;

Information Processing, page 18;

Professional Compatibility Checklist, pages 20–21;

Professional Niche Development, page 28;

Interview Information Card, pages 33–34;

Job Interview Evaluation Form, pages 34–35;

Company Mission/Vision Connection Card, page 38;

Interview Question Scripts, page 48–54;

Organizational Chart, page 94;

Situational Stress Test, pages 102–103;

Stress Management Plan, page 110;

Situational Responses, pages 112–113;

Wellness Plan, page 119;

Top Ten Strengths Chart, page 130;

Plan vs. Do Preference Statements, page 137;

Lead vs. Connect Preference Statements, page 138;

Role Preference Graph, page 141;

Rule Card Template, page 168;

Starting Over Reflection, page 174;

Back to Basics Chart Professional Example, page 191;

Resume Template, page 215.