“…We found that among adults with autism who were diagnosed as children, the biggest predictor of gaining employment as an adult is having good independent daily self-care skills. Because while we can’t change intellectual functioning — and it’s very difficult to change symptom severity — these skills are something very practical that we can work on to try and improve the prospects of adults with autism,” said study lead author Laura Klinger of the TEACCH Autism Program.
- Personal hygiene and grooming
- Taking care of their health
- Shopping for groceries, clothes, household goods and other items
- Running a household including cooking, cleaning, setting the table, doing laundry
- How to act in different environments including restaurants, cinemas, churches, libraries, public transportation, post offices, banks, shops, etc.
- Social skills – how to interact in groups, during conversations
- Personal safety
- Managing their finances
- Looking for jobs
- Applying and interviewing for jobs
More information about teaching adaptive behavior skills is available on the websites of the Interactive Autism Network and Connectability. Preparing Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for Adulthood has extensive resources on teaching independent living skills.