This is the definitive guide to surviving and thriving in the workplace for people with AS. It includes everything from realistic strategies for meeting employer expectations, to how to get along with your colleagues and work as part of a team, multitask and manage projects, and handle anxiety and effectively resolve problems. Common employment challenges are illustrated through examples from the author's extensive experience coaching individuals with AS at all job levels, from entry-level to manager and professional positions.
The pragmatic recommendations in the book will benefit anyone with AS who is entering the workforce, as well as those who struggle to maintain employment, or who want to improve their performance and advance their careers.
- Asperger East Anglia
'Asperger's Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide provides a powerful guide to thriving in the workplace for any who have AS. It provides realistic stratefies for working with employers and colleagues both individually and as part of a team, teaches how to manage projects and resolves common problems, and considers how AS interacts with typical workforce demands.'
- Midwest Book Review
''Certified career development coach for adults with Asperger's syndrome (AS), Bissonnette here highlights common workplace challenges and provides concrete methods for positively acknowledging and addressing these challenges, as well as the steps necessary for success... VERDICT An excellent guide, helpful for handling sticky social situations. Sprinkled throughout are NT (neurotypical) tips on situations in which AS individuals may be too literal to pick up on subtleties and on why engaging in certain activities and social gatherings may enhance and improve their work performance. A perfect companion to Bissonnette's "Complete Guide to Getting a Job for Poeple with Asperger's Syndrome: Find the Right Career Path and Get Hired."'
- Library Journal, starred review
'There's a lot in this book that I wish I had known when I began planning my own career path… Barbara's book would have explained to me how spectrumites and neurotypicals can clash in workplace environments due to differences in communication styles, learning styles, social interaction and physical needs-things I was unaware of. From making the right first impression to being a team player and fitting in, Barbara guides the reader through the minefields of working in the foreign neurotypical culture. With her help, individuals on the spectrum can become useful to an organization, gain respect from their colleagues for their unique contributions, and begin to feel a sense of belonging.'
- from the foreword by Yvona Fast, Support Groups Manager, GRASP, and author of Employment for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome or Non-Verbal Learning Disability
'Ever had a toolkit that had just the right tools you needed for a range of jobs? That's the feeling you get reading Asperger's Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide. Barbara's real-world examples and tactics will help people with Asperger's Syndrome land and hold jobs. It's also a great resource to help companies tap a pool of exceptional talent.'
- Dan Coulter, author of Life in the Asperger Lane and co-founder of Coulter Video
'Understanding Asperger's Syndrome itself is a pre-requisite for someone with AS; understanding exactly how it impacts in a real-life work context is quite another matter. Asperger's Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide overcomes this by providing the understanding and tools that a person with Asperger's needs in the workplace and explaining the rules of employment that can appear so alien. It is the perfect guide for surviving and thriving in the world of work!'
- Malcolm Johnson, author of Managing with Asperger Syndrome
'Barbara Bissonette's book is loaded with common-sense, no-punches-pulled direct action examples of interventions by a personal coach intimately familiar with the real world of work and empathetic to the different workings of the ASD mind… It not only preaches the gospel of success but also explains employment failure warning signs and provides ASD adults with multiple pathways to high-grade, professionally-proven changes in behavior and attitudes likely to assure individual success in the workplace.'
- Roger N. Meyer, author of Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook
'Barbara Bissonette's book is a must-read for those with Asperger's syndrome preparing to enter the workforce or who are struggling in their jobs. It provides a comprehensive, well-organized wealth of knowledge about areas of possible workplace challenge along with concrete, practical coping strategies for successful employment. Most importantly, Barbara writes from a respectful, compassionate, non-judgmental viewpoint, weaving in real-life workplace stories gleaned from her years of successful coaching.
Her message is one of hope and encouragement. In addition to providing invaluable information and practical advice for individuals on the autism spectrum, The Asperger's Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide is an essential reference book for parents and professionals and should be required reading for every job coach and Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. The downloadable Guide for Employers section is an added bonus that should be standard reference material in every HR department across the country.'
- Brenda Weitzberg, Executive Director, Aspiritech
'This is a one-of-a-kind resource that is equally useful to adults on the spectrum and neurotypical employers. Bissonnette very artfully uses her years of experience as an NT employer to offer detailed and practical “inside information” to the reader with AS, and does so with a voice that is genuinely sensitive. She is honest while respectful, encouraging without patronizing. This is going on my must-read list for my patients. Well done!'
- Valerie L. Gaus, Ph.D., psychologist in private practice
This is one downloadable PDF, including the following templates from the book:
p.91: Daily Activity Log
p.98: Planning Template
p.109: Smart Goals Planner
p.111: Weekly Goals and Action Items
p.147: Checklist of Common Workplace Challenges
p.157: SWOT Analysis
p.181: Disclosure Need and Action Scale
Appendix: Asperger's Syndrome Guide for Employers