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By Carol Moog, Irene McHenry

Young people with autism are typical observers—able to review, imitate, and research social behaviour. The Autism Playbook for teenagers is designed to empower those strengths with mindfulness innovations and scripts, whereas additionally aiding youngsters decrease anxiousness, deal with feelings, be extra conscious within the current second, and attach with others. This ebook bargains a special, strengths-based method of aid teenagers with autism and Asperger's boost social talents , develop verbal exchange, and thrive.

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For this exercise, you will use your mind to notice and pay attention to your surroundings. You will practice some simple ways to notice which kind of attention you are using at any given time. Your mind is always paying attention to something, unless you are in a deep sleep. And where you place your attention is a choice—­your choice. 1: Spotlight Attention vs. Floodlight Attention To practice spotlight attention, hold up your right hand in front of your face so that you are looking at the palm of your hand.

This might seem confusing at first, but if you just follow the directions, you may find this exercise fun and interesting. 2: Trying on Different Feelings Stand in front of a full-­length mirror so that you can see your entire body. Trying on the “mad” feeling. Start with your face: 1. Clench your teeth. 2. Push your head forward a bit. 3. Narrow your eyes so that you are peering out through little slits. 4. Notice that your eyebrows come down and pull together. 5. Look at your face in the mirror, and make it look as mad as you can.

At some point, make a decision to press your pause button and stop walking again. While you are paused, take one to three breaths. You will notice that you are naturally focusing your attention more on your breathing. Some people call this mindful breathing. You are using your mind to be aware of your breathing by focusing your attention on it. When you are able to pause and use mindful breathing, you will become more relaxed and comfortable being around others in various situations, even if you don’t actually join in with them.

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