Autism Spectrum Disorder – Life Skills
Practical Life Skills
Above all we believe no matter what a child or young person’s level of abilities are, their future development will
benefit from developing ASD life skills from an early age.
A Positive Structured Environment Approach
Accordingly for Children with Autism Spectrum disorder in Durham and Teesside, Enhanced Care utilises the TEACCH system. Consequently this provides a structured approach to organising the day and a structured layout for learning and living spaces. Moreover by scheduling a timetable for each day, we reduce anxieties and promote the independence of the young person in managing their day.
For instance, a morning schedule could include:
- Wake Up
- Put clothes on
- Eat breakfast in the kitchen
- Clean up breakfast
- Hang towel
- Put on deodorant
- Brush teeth
- Make bed
As a result schedules and sequencing of tasks (including personal care and daily tasks) combined with activity timetables and personal plans enable the young person to understand and complete tasks. It also helps them complete activities through visual organisation and to define goals and make expectations clear. In addition our Autism Spectrum Disorder life skills structured approach is personalised to support the needs of each young person and enhance their development. Furthermore, studies have demonstrated that this provides one of the most positive outcomes for young persons with autism spectrum disorder.
Each Waking Day Approach
Therefore young people with autism, social, sensory, learning difficulties and disabilities often, above all, learn best in real life settings and may require support to generate new skills throughout the day and across all environments. As a result, a waking day approach reinforces learning in a variety of situations, with a focus on meaningful ASD life skills that contribute to the young person achieving an active quality lifestyle within their community.