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Helping Adults with Asperger's Syndrome Get & Stay Hired

Helping Adults with Asperger's Syndrome Get & Stay Hired

Career Coaching Strategies for Professionals and Parents of Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Barbara Bissonnette

Quick Overview

Written for professionals and parents, this book offers employment strategies to support individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) into fulfilling and long-lasting careers. It provides a primer on how people with Asperger's Syndrome think and teaches coaching techniques to help with jobhunting and workplace challenges.
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Paperback / softback
2014, 9.76in x 7.24in / 248mm x 184mm, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-754-7
2014, ePUB, 232pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-052-8
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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.



What a fantastic resource for employers and professionals working with adults with AS! There is finally some growth of understanding and organizations for our adults, and this book is sure to become a universal reference, and a first read for students coming into the profession.

Unfortunately being smart is not enough. Individuals with the designation of high-functioning continue to face significant employment challenges. Barbara Bissonnette's easy, understandable style and abundance of real life examples gives us the benefit of her extensive experience. It is material that I can use with my clients being concrete, realistic and detailed from each point of view.

- Luby Aczel, Executive Director of The Specialists Guild

'This coaching book is a must read for anyone working with clients with Asperger's Syndrome. Barbara does a wonderful job of sharing her experience and client's stories of applying for and getting hired for a job. The information she provides gives the reader very useful ways to approach the different steps of the employment process.'
- Mark Danaher, NCC, LPC, BCC, President, National Career Development Association

'A remarkable book! Bissonnette lays out the latest thinking on Asperger employment and illuminates it with her personal insights and real world examples. She even corrects some of the bad advice others have been giving. It is a very practical, grounded approach. This is how autism employment needs to be done! I will be recommending this book to employment professionals across the US.'
- Dr. Scott Standifer, author of Adult Autism & Employment: A Guide for Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals, founder of Autism Works Online and Director of Disability Policy & Studies, University of Missouri

'Helping Adults with Asperger's Syndrome Get & Stay Hired is a thorough and practical guide to helping individuals who have Asperger's Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles in all aspects of employment. Barbara Bissonnette provides detailed, hands-on advice not only for parents and practitioners, but individuals on the spectrum, in tackling the unemployment crisis for this population.'
- Marcia Scheiner, President and Founder of Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership (ASTEP)

'In the field of employment support services, Barbara Bissonnette is highly regarded. Her latest book, Helping Adults with Asperger's Syndrome Get & Stay Hired, will further strengthen her reputation, while creating pathways to a fulfilling life for individuals on the autism spectrum. Employers take note: it is all too often rigid workplace environments that create disabling barriers to productive careers to those who think differently. Barbara's book will help individuals with ASD navigate those barriers and contribute their "out of the box" ideas and uncommon talents to diverse, high-performing teams.'
- Dr. Brent Betit, Deputy Executive Director of the Prince Salman Center for Disability Research, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


By (author): Barbara Bissonnette


This is one downloadable PDF, including the following templates from the book:
p.107: Important Job Criteria and Ideal Work Environment
p.111: Understanding Personal Challenges
p.121: Job Research Template
p.126: Cheat Sheet!
p.134: Decoding the Language of Job Posts
p.138: Daily Job Search To-Do List
p.151: How to Prepare Answers to Interview Questions
p.178: Behavior Change Worksheet
p.194: Daily Activity Log
p.197: Estimating and Measuring Time to Complete Tasks
p.200: Problem Solving Action Plan
p.204: Weekly Goals and Action Items
p.214: Disclosure Need and Action Scale

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