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Parties, Dorms and Social Norms

Parties, Dorms and Social Norms

A Crash Course in Safe Living for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Lisa M. Meeks and Tracy Loye Masterson with Michelle Rigler and Emily Quinn, illustrated by Amy Rutherford

Quick Overview

For young people with ASD, navigating leaving home, parties, and the first sexual encounters of their twenties can be tricky. This practical guide is full of tips for how to stay safe while making the most out of life and it includes advice on socialising, relationships, online safety, looking after your health, and more.
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Paperback / softback
2016, 7.91in x 6.42in / 201mm x 163mm, 288pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-746-2
2016, ePUB, 288pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-192-1
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The late teens and twenties are exciting times, but filled with potential pitfalls as young people navigate the transition into independent adult life.

This handbook is filled with the information that young people with ASD say they want (and need) to know about alcohol and drugs, social media and online safety, relationship types and boundaries, safe sex, stress and emotional health, and independent living. It includes real life examples, coping strategies and practical tips to help young adults with ASD stay safe while living life to the full.

Informal and frank, this will be a go-to guide for young people on the autism spectrum.


'The authors are respectful and informative in explaining concepts that may be socially confusing and cloaked in non-verbal cues for young adults on the spectrum. This manual fills a gap in resources and, for that, we parents and young adults on the spectrum are grateful.'
- from the foreword by Jane Thierfeld-Brown, Ed.D, Director, College Autism Spectrum, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study, Yale University

'Sensitive and hard to discuss issues (often glossed over for individuals with ASD) such as dating, measuring the stages of relationships, sex, and drinking are covered frankly, bluntly, and thoroughly. While of the utmost importance to everyone, these tough discussions affect young adults on the spectrum differently, often times due to the awkwardness of the topic, and the social faux pas that happen during everyday spectrum living.'
- from the foreword by Aaron Schatzman, young adult with ASD