Top social skills books for people with Aspergers

Little was known or written about people with Aspergers/Autism several years ago. Now, adults with Aspergers can improve their quality of life by learning skills they may have missed when they were younger. These books are for those adults who may still be struggling or parents who want to help their teen transition to adulthood with social life skills.
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M I had read the "Developing Talents: Careers For Individuals With Asperger Syndrome And High-functioning Autism- Updated, Expanded Edition" book by Temple Grandin and Kate Duffy first. So all the books I've read that are supposed to help people with Aspergers I am comparing to Grandin's book. I am not including Grandin's book on this list because I did not find it helpful. It was mostly a biography of Temple Grandin because she told stories of how she got to where she did. If someone wants to feel positive about their future, this book is inspirational. Good for Grandin, but I realised a high functioning adult that has had workplace experience but is still struggling with social skill development may not need a feel good story. They might need practical social skills that work both in and out of the workplace... and that means creating a strong social skills foundation. Many teens and adults should know their strengths and natural talents enough to find jobs... but it will be social skills and particularly learned professional skills like relating to coworkers that move them further into careers, etc. A high functioning adult may not be satisfied with an entry level job forever. Developing social skills is a way of marketing their talents better, marketing themselves better as a possible wife or husband, and a way of maintaining satisfying relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and employers. A good employer should be able to spot talent easily but it is the "professional skills", or learnable skills like social skills that help employers see that adults with Aspergers can manage more responsibility.


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M I plan to read and possibly add to this list:

Socially Curious and Curiously Social
by Michelle Garcia Winner (Paperback)

Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety: A Guide to Successful Stress Management
by Nick Dubin (Paperback)

Loving Mr. Spock: Understanding a Lover with Asperger's Syndrome
by Barbara Jacobs (Paperback)


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