This book empowers parents of autistic young people aged 11 to 20 to help them promote resilience in their child. Full of suggestions and simple activities, this easy-to-use resource will help guide parents on how to build the foundations of resilience and independence for situations such as negotiating sexuality and relationships, entering employment or living away from home.
It includes information about the main developmental stages for preteens and teens on the autism spectrum, and will take parents through life events and milestones at different ages and identify where difficulties and barriers to resilience may arise and how to address them.
Chapter 1: Resilience and Autistic Preteens, Teenagers and Young Adults.
Chapter 2:Resilience and Autistic children aged 11-15 Years.
Chapter 3: Autistic Children aged 11-15: Strategies and Activities around Building Resilience.
Chapter 4: Common Characteristics of Autistic Young People aged 16-20 Years.
Chapter 5: Young Autistic Adults ages 16-20: Strategies and Activities around Building Resilience.
Chapter 6: Failing Successfully.
“This book offers parents a range of practical strategies to meet the challenge of re-orienting their children towards self-confidence, optimism and hope.”
– Vicki Bitsika, AM, PhD, MAPS, Professor of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Director for the Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bond University
Yenn Purkis (aka Jeanette Purkis) is an autistic and non-binary advocate, speaker and mentor. Yenn is the author of five books on elements of autism and is a regular blogger. Yenn 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. Yenn 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 Yenn’s Autism Show.
Yenn is highly visible in the autism community. They were named the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year. Yenn was also a finalist in the 2017 ACT Woman of the Year award. Yenn has received several awards for leadership. Yenn featured in the ABC documentary Alone in a Crowded Room.
Dr Emma Goodall has Asperger’s syndrome and has had professional experience of mental health services. She has a PhD in the area of education and the autism spectrum and is the author of a text book for teaching AS children. Emma is a Senior Autism Advisor in South Australia and an executive committee member of the Australian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR), as well as an executive committee member for the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) of Australia and New Zealand.