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Wonderful World of Work: A Workbook for Asperteens

by Jeanette Purkis Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 128 pages
AU$44.99 NZ$43.47
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This hands-on workbook demystifies the world of work in order to help teenagers with Asperger syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) feel confident in their ability to be successful at their studies and get a job.

Each chapter talks the teen through a different element of employment, including the benefits of having a job, why education is important, how to write a resume and succeed at job interviews, and the advantages and disadvantages of Asperger syndrome in the workplace. A variety of different industries and jobs are explored to encourage teens to begin to think about careers that might appeal to them and suit their skills and interests.

Full of practical information, engaging activities, funny illustrations and inspiring personal stories, this book gives Asperteens a positive image of what people on the autism spectrum can achieve and is an essential career guidance aid for parents, teachers and other autism professionals working with young adults.

1. Why Should You Go to Work?
2. What Kind of Work Do You Want to Do?
3. Your Own Unique Skills and Attributes – The Best Thing that You Have!
4. School, University, Skills and Work.
5. Getting the Most Out of Employment Services.
6. Working - What's Involved? And How Do You Get a Job?
7. Get that Job! (Includes CVs, Interviews and Referees).
8. Volunteering - The Giving Keeps on Giving - to You!
9. Different Kinds of Jobs.
10. How to Gain Spectacular Skills for the Workplace.
11. Joy and Elation at Workplace Communication!
12. Ooh, Scary and Exciting! Starting a New Job.
13. Help for Employees on the Autism Spectrum.
14. What in the World is Workplace Relations?
15. Trouble at Work! What Do I Do?
16. Being Brilliant in your Own Business.
17. Getting Ready to Go for It!

Jeanette Purkis is an autistic and non-binary advocate, speaker and mentor. Jeanette is the author of five books on elements of autism and is a regular blogger. Jeanette presented for TEDx Canberra in 2013 on the topic of autism and resilience and has been a keynote speaker at a number of events including the 2017 Asia Pacific Autism Conference and both the 2018 and the 2017 Autism@Work conferences.

Jeanette has worked in the Australian Public Service since 2007. They have facilitated a support group for autistic women in Canberra since 2011 and host a regular online radio program called Jeanette’s Autism Show.

Jeanette is highly visible in the autism community. They were named the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year. Jeanette was also a finalist in the 2017 ACT Woman of the Year award. Jeanette has received several awards for leadership. Jeanette featured in the ABC documentary Alone in a Crowded Room.