Foreword, Stephen ShoreIntroduction. How to Get the Most Out of This BookI. Life on the Spectrum1. A Typical Day in Your Life: Problems and Solutions2. A Unique Brain: How Thinking Differences Can Affect Your Daily Life3. How Social Differences Can Be Vulnerabilities and Strengths4. The Role of Your Emotional Differences5. How Sensory and Movement Differences Can Affect Your Interactions with Your EnvironmentII. Positive Solutions for a Quality Life6. Positive Solutions: Your Bag of Tricks7. At Home8. At Work9. At School10. In the Community11. Building Friendships12. Dating, Sex, and Marriage13. Health14. Putting Yourself in Charge of Your Life and Finding Help When You Need ItAppendix: Problem-Solving WorksheetResources
Valerie L. Gaus, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Long Island, New York, where she lives with her husband and two children. With more than 15 years of experience providing mental health services to people with autism spectrum disorders, Dr. Gaus serves on the advisory board of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association and has lectured internationally on Asperger syndrome and related topics. She is the author of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome, a bestselling book for therapists.