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Autism: What Does It Mean to Me? Workbook for Children and Youth

Autism: What Does It Mean to Me? is a tool for autistic individuals, their parents and families, and professionals.

Written by autism trainer and teacher Catherine Faherty, the workbook helps an autistic child or adult increase self-understanding and awareness and foster communication with others about needs, preferences, and identity.

The workbook explores many topics that are particular to autism: ways of thinking, including focused interests, perfection versus doing your best, the value of schedules; sensory experience, including stimming; creative expression; learning about and interacting with people; understanding speech and expressions in others; types of communication, including verbal or nonverbal, self-advocacy, and miscommunication; supportive structures for school and IEPs; friendship and play, online acquaintances and safety; and emotions, including feeling anxious or upset, depression, and outbursts.

The book concludes with a section on happiness, including relaxation, exercise, gratitude, forgiveness, kindness, maintaining a positive attitude, and making the world a better place.

Catherine Faherty worked as an autism specialist with the internationally recognized TEACCH program in North Carolina for more than two decades from 1990 to 2012 as a parent consultant; child and adult therapist; consultant to school programs; trainer of teachers and other professionals locally, nationally, and internationally; and facilitator of social groups for adults on the spectrum, along with support and education groups for parents and family members.

To schedule an evaluation or to get advice about your child’s challenges, call or email a CHC Care Manager at 650.688.3625 or caremanager@chconline.org

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