Daily Living Skills: A Key to Independence for People with Autism

Article that discusses the importance of adaptive skills for the transition to adulthood. Mr. Zaks, now a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and other experts say adaptive skills, or skills of daily living, need to be taught explicitly to people on the autism spectrum. Taking a shower, brushing your teeth, riding a bus, crossing the street, shopping or preparing a meal: all of these are adaptive skills. Such skills are considered essential to adulthood. “For example, difficulties with everyday activities such as bathing, cooking, cleaning, and handling money could drastically reduce an individual’s chance of achieving independence in adulthood,” according to researchers.

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