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Your Autism Journey

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Social skills and Life skills

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Social Skills - A social skill is any skill facilitating interaction and communication with others. Social rules and relations are created, communicated, and changed in verbal and nonverbal ways.

Life Skills - Basic living skills are laundry, cooking, cleaning, getting dressed, shaving, personal hygiene, shopping, ordering at a restaurant, paying bills, working, taking vitamins or pills, making healthy choices, exercise, self-advocacy, navigating the community, and making and keeping friends. Some life skills overlap with social skills, and both are necessary to live a safe, fulfilling life.

Volunteering - Volunteering is essential for creating well-rounded adults. Volunteering not only teaches skills and keeps the volunteer engaged, but also benefits the larger community, spreads autism awareness, and can lead to new friendships. The following are just some examples of volunteering opportunities that may be of interest to young adults with ASD.

Chores - Chores serve many purposes; teaching skills and competency, keeping kids with ASD engaged; teaching independence; teaching charting and calendaring; teaching about money or reward; teaching the value of work; non-disabled peers or siblings are expected to do them; chores that need doing get done. Our kids are very capable of learning all of these skills, even if they take longer to learn them.

Safety - In today's world, there are many things parents have to safeguard their kids from. People with ASD, who may not be able to tell what happened to them are particularly vulnerable and need added protections.

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Skills: Social skills and life skills must be taught to teens with ASD. Volunteering and chores are a great way to teach skills. Safety is also a key skill that must be addressed with teens.
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