The Social Survival Guide for Teens on the Autism Spectrum: How to Make Friends and Navigate Your Emotions (Paperback)
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Connect with friends and care for your emotions—for teens on the spectrum
Social situations can feel mysterious or tricky to navigate—and if you are on the autism spectrum, they can feel overwhelming. The Social Survival Guide for Teens on the Autism Spectrum unlocks socialization secrets and helps you understand your feelings. Autism books for kids don’t always address teenagers’ needs, but the practical tips and step-by-step guides in this handbook are perfect for ages 12-16.
Learn how to handle situations like managing anxiety, starting a conversation, understanding sarcasm, and dealing with conflict. Build stronger social skills and take care of your emotional health at the same time. This guide can help you feel more confident—and more connected to people you care about.
Build new social interaction skills with:
- Friend fundamentals—Understand what makes a good friend, and learn about informal conversation, nonverbal communication, online etiquette, and more.
- Social essentials—Discover strategies for joining a group activity, staying flexible, saying no when you need to, and other topics essential to autism books for kids.
- Insight into you—You are your friend, too! Learn to recognize and express emotions, boost your mood with positive self-talk, and more.
Feel more confident and build valued friendships with this helpful handbook.
About the Author
Lindsey Sterling, PhD, earned her BS in psychobiology from UCLA and her MS/PhD in child clinical psychology from the University of Washington. She has served as clinical faculty at UCLA, Claremont Mckenna College, and CSU Long Beach, and as staff psychologist at the UCLA Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic. Dr. Sterling continues to support teens and young adults on the autism spectrum through her private practices in Southern California.
“I can think of no one better than Dr. Sterling to write a book on social skills for autistic teens. It’s full of practical tips and exercises that encourage teens to take an active role in building relationships with others. Teens will find this book an accessible and helpful read they can return to again and again as it simplifies our complex social world.” —Lauren Elder, PhD, ABPP, Licensed Psychologist
“Dr. Sterling's book was written for teens on the spectrum. But as a professional, I can easily see how it could help me, parents of teens, and other professionals trying to figure out these abstract social puzzles that are encountered daily. I recommend this book to all of us!” —Dr. Marjorie H. Charlop, Ph.D., BCBA, Professor of Psychology, and Director of Claremont Autism Center
“As a psychologist who works with teens on the autism spectrum, I’ve been waiting for a book like this one! There are so many books written for parents and therapists. This one is written for the autistic teen in easy-to-understand language and focused on topics that are important to teens, such as how to make a friend. Parents will benefit from it reading too. I highly recommend this book.” —Dr. Geraldine Dawson, Professor, Director, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Duke University
“This book fills an important need in our field. Dr. Sterling does a wonderful job combining practical social skill-building concepts with cognitive behavioral strategies. If you have struggled with relationships, the answers are within this book! It goes beyond the basics and in a way that is understandable, practical, and encouraging to the reader. I can’t wait to recommend this book to every client of mine who struggles with friendships.” —Catherine M. Brock, MA, Executive Director, UC Irvine Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
“The Social Survival Guide For Teens on the Autism Spectrum by Dr. Lindsay Sterling is a well-written and easy-to-read volume that addresses one of the most important and challenging issues for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. It is a welcome addition to the literature for both the professional and the person on the autism spectrum. This is a wonderful guide for therapists and families to help their teens in developing critical social skills. It also addresses social media platforms, which is a subject that has not been addressed in previous volumes. I would highly recommend this volume to anyone working with or raising a teenager on the autism spectrum.” —BJ Freeman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Autism Spectrum Disorders