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

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

by: Vicki Lundine and Catherine Smith, Foreword by Jo-Anne Seip

About the author:

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.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-440-7

Year: 2006

Publication Info: 192pp


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.



Foreword by Jo-Anne Seip. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 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.



This book was designed as an instructional tool that can be used by teachers and parents who work with people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. It presents a work experience curriculum geared towards equipping the person with ASD with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for successful employment. It provides helpful strategies for teaching specific skills, as well as discussion points for topics such as goal setting and responding appropriately to praise and criticism. The eight chapters of the book are sequenced in a systematic logical way. The reproducible worksheets, checklists and charts are clear and well set out. Useful resources, such as books and websites, are identified at the end of the book.


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