Autism: What Does It Mean to Me? is an indispensable and transformative tool and lifelong companion for autistic people, their parents and families, and professionals. Written by the world over renowned autism trainer, teacher, and advocate and best-selling creator Catherine Faherty, the workbook is engaged by the autistic child or adult to beef up self-understanding and awareness and foster communication with others about needs, preferences, and identity. Most each and every facet of a person’s life is explored — areas particular to autism and areas each and every person engages — among them: ways of thinking, including focused interests, perfection as opposed to doing your best, and the improve of schedules; sensory experience, including stimming; creative expression; learning about and interacting with people; writing Social Stories; understanding speech and expressions in others; types of communication, including verbal or nonverbal, self-advocacy, and miscommunication; supportive structures for school and approaching IEPs; friendship, play, and online acquaintances and safety; and emotions, including feeling anxious or upset, depression, and outbursts. The book concludes with an extended section on happiness, including relaxation, exercise, gratitude, forgiveness, kindness, positive attitude, and making the world a better place.
Extensive materials designed especially for older readers, in addition to for parents, therapists, and teachers, are included. Understanding what’s in truth true and supporting acceptance and appreciation form the cornerstones of Catherine’s approach and the workbook. This new book is completely up to date and revised from the original edition with the “Asperger’s” title. It adds more than 150 pages of up to date material and worksheets.