If you can't get a job then...
If we are to believe this infographic on the left than we know that statistics say 93% of first impressions are determined by your body language and knowledge of appropriate dress and hygiene leaving only 7% determined by the words we choose to use to display our knowledge and skills.
Our young adults on the autism spectrum are often highly educated and highly motivated to work yet lack all those skills (the 93% that matter) that determine how hiring managers decide and end up jobless and depressed.
What's my ultimate point here?
We need to start social skills training for all children on the autism spectrum in elementary school so that when they are teens and are ready to graduate from high school they are confident in their skills and can be independent and go out and get a job and keep it! For those of you reading this who are adults yourselves or parents of teens and/or adults, it's never too late to start! But for those little ones who are just finding out...don't wait!!
Happy Fridgid Monday Morning!
With all children we are teaching, modeling and programming the art of imitation. We often celebrate imitation and see how skills build upon each other from what has been taught. By educating children on the spectrum, we are often well versed in the ways of how boys with Asperger Syndrome function, behave, and act but may be less versed in the ways of our girls. We know the female brain is born and created with more empathy and theory of mind and therefore will exhibit an easier time with imitation. What Dr. Tony Attwood points out is that the very act of imitation can offer girls much success, but may also be covering up the true being of the imitator. Watch Dr. Attwood for more explanation and what he describes are the strengths and challenges of females who have AS. The earlier we can identify and properly diagnose our girls as having ASD and not emotional impairments or mental illness, the sooner we help them create their own clear path. The sooner we can capitalize on their strengths and support their challenges. As always, Dr. Attwood uses his incredible career in the field, his vast experiences, and the many clients he has worked with to help shed light into a topic we at Totally Social can't seem to get enough information about.
Written by: Megan McQuillan
Today, the ladies of Totally Social had a great day at the Brighton Library. We met and listened to Anthony Ianni, a motivational speaker who has committed himself and his career to making a difference in the lives of those who may be targeted by bullying. He shared his personal struggles growing up with PDD and learning challenges. The steps he took to always prove naysayers wrong and work hard led him to playing basketball for MSU and graduating with a degree in sociology. Anthony also shared how he disclosed his disability with the university and had resources set up for tutoring and testing accommodations, which he credits for helping him to achieve his degree and ultimate success. Alongside great professors, tutors and classmates, Anthony spoke of the powerful relationships he built on the team and incredibly encouraging his family is of him. We really enjoyed Anthony's story and what he is doing today to empower those on the spectrum. Check out his tour at: http://relentlesstour.com/meet-anthony-ianni/.
Afterword, we met some great parents and networked with other organizations in the tri-county area. Overall, it was a TOTALLY SOCIAL kind of day!
Written by: Megan McQuillan
Chris Rans has been busy these past few months that we have been working together using the Totally Social ASD website helping adult woman from ages 17 all the way up to 57 years old find out they have been misdiagnosed their whole lives and really have Asperger Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism. Chris is able to help not only these women, but heal their families from years of anguish and turmoil over problematic and misunderstood behaviors. In light of all the women that Chris is helping now and those she hopes will continue to seek her assistance through totallysocialasd.com we have chosen Rudy Simone as our Spotlight of the Month. Read on to learn more about Rudy and females on the autism spectrum.
Always striving to make a difference!
- Sabra Evans
"Rudy Simone, a San Francisco singer, writer and stand-up comic, didn’t learn that she was on the autism spectrum until her mid-40s. Simone has Asperger syndrome — a high-functioning form of autism that leads to social problems but no intellectual disabilities — which, like all forms of autism, appear much more commonly in boys than in girls. Ten times more men are believed to reside on the spectrum than women.
But some experts think the real prevalence of Asperger’s in girls may be much higher than believed, because girls tend to be far better than boys at concealing its symptoms, masking social problems and hiding the repetitive behaviors often associated with autism. So, many women go undiagnosed until middle age, along the way given other labels and therapies that do not address their real issues."
Read more: Girls on the Spectrum: Q&A with the Author of Aspergirls | TIME.com http://healthland.time.com/2011/12/27/mind-reading-a-qa-with-the-author-of-aspergirls/#ixzz2uju9m7DX
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