Asperger's Solutions NYC • Long island
ASPERGER'S SOLUTIONS / SOCIAL SAAVY
aka: Asperger's Services
• Making Asperger’s Work:
ADULTS WITH ASPERGER's SYNDROME HAVE MUCH TO OFFER.
• THEY ARE CREATIVE.… ANALYTICAL… TALENTED.
• THEY ARE THE ONES WHO THINK OUT OF THE BOX---THE INNOVATORS.
• THEY COME WITH CHALLENGES.
• THEY MERIT UNDERSTANDING, SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT.
At the company holiday party, Liam, who has Asperger's Syndrome, got into a lively discussion with his supervisor about jazz--a subject that was near and dear to Liam’s heart. Liam began reciting the titles of his entire CD collection, along with every musician accompanying the particular artist on the CD, unaware that after a point, his boss was looking away, and shifting his attention elsewhere. Finally, Liam’s boss excused himself, saying he had to make an important phone call.
The next morning, Liam saw his boss, who was shuffling through his papers readying himself to conduct the morning meeting that was to begin momentarily. Liam came to within a foot of him and waved a CD in his face-- launching into an impassioned soliloquy about the CD. Liam’s boss backed away, totally ignoring Liam in his attempt to continue the conversation from the night before.
Where did Liam “go wrong?”
1) Liam was unaware of the body language and facial cues indicating that his boss was ready to move on and mingle.
2) Liam was focused on his own interest and did not realize that his boss might want to interject comments of his own, demonstrating poor conversational skills.
3) Liam did not know when he was giving TMI (too much information) and the information was no longer interesting to his communication partner.
4) Liam was unaware that the beginning of a business meeting was not the context that would invite the small talk that was appropriate at the office party.
5) Liam invaded his boss’ personal space.
“Soft Skills” –the set of skills that underlie the ability to work well with others--are often touted as the most desired skill-set to maximize when striving toward success— for the individual, and for the company. The ability to communicate comfortably and interact effectively with team-members, managers, supervisors, and subordinates can be difficult enough for most people--those who are considered “neurotypical,”—hence the proliferation of myriad training programs toward that development.
How much harder is it, then, for people with Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and related disorders, who by very definition of this condition, have impaired social/emotional intelligence at the most basic of levels, lacking the grasp of simplest of social behavior patterns that most people take for granted and acquire as though through “osmosis?”
How, then, can they effectively break the even more sophisticated and subtle social codes embedded in various communication styles / management styles—and then appropriately apply to interactions to those up and down the “ladder” and across the various contexts faced in any given work environment. It can be daunting.
Furthermore, time management and organization —skills that can be challenging enough for neurotypical individuals—are often magnified in difficulty for individuals on the spectrum.
And yet, adults with Asperger’s can have the finest of minds:. They can potentially be the finest of employees. They merit development.
That’s where Asperger's Solutions comes into play….to help make Asperger’s work—at work.
Because people with Asperger's Syndrome are typically bright, they can, with appropriate instruction, learn to better work around their weaknesses, and maximize their potential to “get” the nuances of corporate culture, to communicate better, --and ultimately achieve the rank that better matches their intellectual gifts. They need concrete steps to unearth the abstract and “hidden code” of “people” --and to strengthen, if necessary, their executive functioning skills needed to perform effectively--- from the top down and the bottom up.
Serving the NY Metro Area, Carole Kornsweig, M.A, CCC is located conveniently in NYC at Spectrum Services and at offices on Long Island.
Making Asperger's Work
Social Skills/Social Thinking*
• Theory of mind/
• Body language
• Listening skills
• Small talk
• Entering conversations
• Maintaining conversation
• Appropriate conversation
• Business communication
• Time management
• Task completion
• Corporate culture
• Suitable job choices
• College Coaching Plus: for Students with Asperger’s
The transition from high school and college can be daunting for any young adult, but those with Asperger's Syndrome can be particularly challenged, especially since there are little, if any, built in supports---no IEP, no Committee on Special Education, no speech-language therapy or other related services provided.
Many institutions of higher learning have inadequate resources for college students with disabilities. At this age, social savvy and the ability to communicate with peers and professors are particularly essential, and being able to organize, initiate and execute projects to completion are necessary survival skills at school.
College coaching, with techniques and strategies that best work for the Asperger's population can help smooth the process. Carole Kornsweig M.A. CCC received her training from Dr. Lynda Geller in “College Coaching for Students with Asperger’s.”
The “Plus” under this service heading refers to our additional services that address the academic-related issues common to Asperger's syndrome which result from insufficient verbal reasoning and critical thinking skills. Provided by Carole Kornsweig, MACCC/SLP, additional +Plus services are delivered under the umbrella of her Speech-Language Pathology services.
Serving the NY Metro Area, Carole Kornsweig, M.A, CCC is located conveniently in NYC at Spectrum Services. www.spectrumservicesnyc.com and at offices on Long Island.
College Coaching Plus
Transitioning from High School
• Choosing a college
• Campus resources
Communicating with Professors
Situational Problem Solving
Social Savvy/Social Thinking*
• Forming friendships
• Warding-off the bullies
• Humor/ Satire/Irony/Figurative language
• Getting started
• Time management
• Getting it done.
• Managing abstractions
• Critical thinking
• Verbal reasoning
• Pre-K thru 12:
Youngsters with Asperger’s
Pre-k thru 12: Within the model of therapeutic intervention, Carole Kornsweig, M.A., CCC/SLP also offers help to youngsters on the spectrum. Therapy focuses upon social thought processes that impact social functioning and pragmatic language development.
Developing this social thinking ultimately ties in to comprehension of increasingly complex and abstract verbal reasoning and critical thinking skills that in turn relate to the literacy skills of reading comprehension and narrative-to-expository writing skills.
Furthermore, regulating emotional responses, improved tones of voice (prosody), increasing executive functioning skills all fall into the scope of practice in working with youngsters on the high functioning end of the spectrum.
The earlier these children can be reached, the better the long-range outcome.
Pre-k thru 12
• Point of view/Theory of Mind/Perspective taking
• Body language
• The role of eye contact
• Expected/Unexpected behaviors
• Understanding Social Contexts
• Conversational Skills
• Understanding Intentions
• Warding off bullies
Executive Functioning Skills
• Getting homework done
Related Language Skills/Literacy Skills
• Abstract reasoning
• Problem solving
• Abstract Language (metaphors, similes, figurative language)
• Narrative Skills
Prosody and Voice Regulation
* Socialthinking is a company developed by, and a term coined by Michelle Garcia Winner. Carole Kornsweig, M.A, CCC SLP borrows heavily from her ideas in her approach both in therapeutic intervention and coaching formats.
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