This book is a collection of Social Articles covering four very important areas of adult life. The first section tackles entry into the adult world addressing the confusion posed by job specifications, CVs, interviews and common difficulties that occur within the workplace such as being on time, requesting annual leave, attending an appraisal, and coping with feeling unsettled or anxious.
Over the past few years a growing body of research has highlighted a real concern for both the mental and physical health in autistic young people. With this in mind the second section includes successful Articles on how to maintain good physical health, access healthcare, such as annual check-ups, what to do when feeling unwell, identifying which part of the body may need attention, booking an appointment, and taking medication.
The third section addresses mental health specifically. Articles sharing information on mental health describing low moods, depression and anxiety as well as when and how to access help are also included.
The final section of the book looks at life story and begins to address understanding the inevitable bereavement we must all face in life. For people acutely sensitive to change bereavement has an extra painful dimension. There is a need for preparation and explanation before the time comes to deal with the loss of a family member. The chapter offers one way of beginning to think about the processes of life and death using Social Articles.
‘I found this book absolutely fascinating. It really made me think just how much social information you need in all the differences aspects of life. What’s great too is that it’s not just a book of Social Articles – it’s a book about why they are needed. Covering vital adult topics such as job-hunting, the workplace, maintaining health and learning about life stories, the book works well for readers of different neurotypes, as well as those supporting autistic people across the spectrum.’
– Lorraine MacAlister (NAS training consultant)
‘Social Stories™ provide the elusive social information and guidance needed by those who have autism. This new resource will facilitate the application of Social Stories to the many issues experienced by adults with autism, from employment to managing emotions. The stories will create and consolidate achievements and facilitate successful navigation of the social and emotional landscape.’
– Tony Attwood PhD, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome
‘This is an indispensable resource for anyone supporting young people and adults with autism. It applies the well-established strategies of Social Stories, which have been proven to be highly effective for a broad range of issues through childhood, and applies it to the most pertinent challenges of adulthood. This book will guide readers through how to explain abstract and complex concepts related to employment, and maintaining physical and mental health from the perspective of people with ASD. Dr Siobhan Timmins fills a void in the literature by writing this unique book. I cannot recommend it more highly.’
– Marianna Murin, Principal Clinical Psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, author and ASD & LD Module Lead for CYP IAPT at Anna Freud Centre and UCL
‘Totally absorbed from start to finish and covers many articles that me and my family have experienced or are dealing with. Particularly, the workplace scenarios were very helpful and I could relate many of my son’s experiences, and gain support and confidence from. Furthermore, teaching them the importance of maintaining their physical and mental health needs, helps and encourages them to carry on learning and growing. As a parent whose son was diagnosed at the age 20 and is trying to understand the complexities of the autism spectrum, this book will help me enormously to support my son through life challenges that are to come.’
– Debra White, parent
‘This intensely practical book offers the missing information young adults seek who are on the Autistic Spectrum when navigating the adult world. The author shows knowledge and insight to the transition to adulthood by sharing how both her professional and parenting expertise have worked both worlds intimately together in helping her son. The content of this book provides an easy-to-follow set of supported guidelines for families and professionals alike to implement the social story concept within their lives and work. This book is also a must-read for any mental health practitioner who take seriously the significant social and interpersonal difficulties faced by those they serve with Autistic Spectrum Condition.’
– Lisa Parker, NHS Neuro-Developmental Mental Health Practitioner and ASD & ID IAPT Therapist
‘These articles are exemplars of the important topics which may be introduced pro-actively to prepare for the practicalities of adult life. As life becomes more complex there are often many stories/articles required for each topic. As always there is meticulous attention to the use of meaningful vocabulary and adherence to the defining criteria of Carol Gray’s Social Stories. All those striving to provide the best support and guidance for those on the spectrum will find them inspirational’
– Eileen Arnold, co-author of Revealing The Hidden Social Code
‘I read 3 social stories from the book. The story about moving from unsettled to settled in the workplace will be very helpful to me because I found that my own experience at work was difficult to cope with and affected my confidence. Reading this social story when I feel unsettled will help me manage my anxiety.’
– Tom, young adult recently diagnosed with autism