Parents, teachers, therapists, and anyone who cares about a child or teen on the autism spectrum need this essential roadmap to prepare our youth for being successful adults in today's world. Best-selling author, autism advocate, and animal science professor Dr. Temple Grandin joins psychologist and autism specialist Dr. Debra Moore in spelling out what steps you can take to restore your child's hope and motivation, and what you must avoid. Eight life stories told by people on the autism spectrum, including chapters on subjects like how to get kids off their computers, how to build on their strengths and get back to caring about their lives, and how to find a path to a successful, meaningful life make this a "MUST-READ BOOK."
Topics covered include:
Avoiding Learned Helplessness - New strategies to help create a positive mindset
Optimism and Resisting Habitual Negative Thinking - What is "Learned Optimism" and how can you put it to work?
What are the "3 P's" and how you can begin implementing new strategies? There are 3 easy ways to remember how to teach our kids to resist their habitual negative thinking and self-blame. Known as the "3 P's", they involve concepts of Permanence, Pervasiveness, and Personalization.
The Critical Impact of Mentors - Teachers, Friends, Media Personalities and Superheroes
How to Break Bad Habits and instill HOPE - Teens Need Straight Talk
Living In Their Bedroom Is Not An Acceptable Life - Your Child Needs Extra Help to Build HOPE
HOPE Theory - Let Them Rebound and Grow
The Loving Push is Necessary - Self-Initiative and Motivation
Don't Let Guilt Undermine You
Start Early and Build Up Skills That Will Endure
Effective Strategies for Coping With Depression and Anxiety
Recreational versus Compulsive Gaming Defined
Teaching Vital Life Skills Needed for Success
The Value of Family Rituals
Step In Early and Be "Hands On"
Matching Your Child's Thinking Style to Their Life