Career Training and Personal Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Practical Resource for Schools

Career Training and Personal Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Practical Resource for Schools


By (author) Vicki Lundine, By (author) Catherine Smith


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  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 294mm x 14mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843104407
  • ISBN 13: 9781843104407
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 880,547

Product description

This training program for teachers and carers assesses ASD students' strengths and abilities, fears and challenges and helps them acquire the skills necessary for a smooth transition from school to employment. The authors give guidance on developing life skills for employability and independent living, for example, hygiene, time and money management, communication skills, decision-making and setting and achieving realistic goals. They also clearly define the role of parents, job coaches and employers and stress that students are empowered by appropriate support from collaborative, informed teams. The career program enables students to find out about and explore career options, know how and where to search for a job and how to understand job advertisements. The sections on career preparation include strategies for writing resumes, filling in application forms, compiling career portfolios and conduct at interviews. The authors also cover topics such as punctuality and appropriate behavior in the workplace itself. This practical teaching resource is packed with lesson plans, implementation procedures, interactive activities and photocopiable worksheets, and the course can be taught over one year or three years.

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Author information

Vicki Lundine is the District Career Facilitator for the Campbell River School District and a valued member of the Career Education Society of British Columbia, Canada. Catherine Smith is an Educational and Behavioral Consultant for the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders in British Columbia, Canada. She has 30 years experience working with elementary and high school students, including students with autism spectrum disorders.

Table of contents

Foreword by Jo-Anne Seip. 1. Overview. 2. Self-Awareness. 3. Life Skills. 4. Decision Making, Goal Setting and Problem Solving. 5. Career Awareness. 6. Job Preparation. 7. Career Portfolios: A Demonstration of Skills, Attitudes and Abilities. 8. Connections. Appendix. Resources. Index.