Monday, August 16, 2010

Where to Begin?

The best place to start is with the student. What does she like to do? What are his strengths and talents? What are his ABILITIES. Yes, there are challenges but let's not start there. Motivation is an amazing thing. It can help overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Help your student discover what he can do and what he wants to do. This will make it easier to find a way to do it.Remember, most students will change majors in college. Most students will change career fields.  Good ways to "try on" vocations are: job shadowing, informational interviews, volunteering, internships, and part-time jobs. These are some of my favorite resources for discovering interests and talents:
Developing Talents: Careers For Individuals With Asperger Syndrome And High-functioning Autism- Updated, Expanded Edition

The Everything Career Tests Book: 10 Tests to Determine the Right Occupation for You (Everything Series)

Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook: An Employment Workbook for Adults with Asperger Syndrome

Let me know what you think!

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