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Published on July 18, 2023

Autism and Independence: Developing Life Skills for the Future

by Psych Times Staff

Autism is termed as a large range of circumstances exhibited by social abilities, wordless communication, and speech. As autism has a broad spectrum, thus, each person has specific strong points and weak points. So the way of learning and thinking about certain situations can be extremely skillful and challenging as well from one person to another.

Meanwhile, a person with autism can be identified at the age of 2 or 3.  Thus, for parents it can be very hard to deal with their children with such a disorder. On the other hand, the happiness of seeing one autistic kid grow and learn new skills can be overwhelming.

Moreover, teaching autistic children can lead to having an independent life. There are several distinct ways of teaching the skills to them that make them confident enough to deal with their daily life chores which leads to independence. ABA therapy (applied behavior therapy) is one of the methods used by medical professionals such as Abacus Therapies.

Here is the list of points that can be adopted by autistic children to have independent life:

Motivating Them by Using Their Interests

Each autistic person has a specific interest that can be used to motivate them to learn new things like communication. For instance, a person whose interest is in music and has the ability to remember lyrics easily can be put together with other people in groups who are good at music too. This can enable the person to interact with people who in turn can help the person to learn ways to enhance their communication skills. As a result, the person communicates independently with others without being a burden on others. 

Parent’s Education and Awareness

It is very important for parents to have a deeper understanding of autism spectrum disorder. Knowledge about autism enables parents to know about the distinct and unique skills and interests of their child along with the areas where their kids are weak. This information helps parents to support their children in many ways. Moreover, keeping one’s self updated with all the latest therapies and technologies makes it easier for parents to teach their autistic children many skills that lead to independence. 

Encouraging Community Get-Togethers

Societies and communities play an important role in the upbringing of individuals. A person learns socialising, integrity, and skill enhancement from their community. Identifying an appropriate group of people from the community and indulging children with autism with those groups can help them to learn new skills, socialisation, and independence. Consider enrolling your child in a ADHD Summer Camp.

Making an Individual Pictorial Contemplate

It is in human nature that people tend to understand pictorial representation of events more than other ways of communication that include verbal. Thus, making pictorial guidance of the daily routine for the autistic child can enable them to independently spend their day without needing the assistance of any other people. Thus, it is one of the best ways to make an autistic person independent. 

Usage of an Appropriate Technology

Technology has become an indispensable component of today’s world as the world is growing fast and becoming dependent on technology to live a comfortable life. Apart from being a source of entertainment, technology has many other uses that include health, education, and agriculture. Thus, many technologies and applications are invented to support and assist people with their daily life chores. Thus, there are many other applications for autistic people to assist them with their daily routine, making them independent. For instance, visualised tasks and verbally controlled apps can help them. 

Consulting a Professional Therapist

Professional therapists play an important role in assisting people with autism to attain the important skills of life so that they can live independently. They have the ability to analyse the interest and requirements of children with autism and create a profile containing plans and targets to help them. The combined sessions with therapists contain a lot of activities to guide the children about daily communication skills and self-care that enable each child to work independently.

Building Self-Esteem

Children with autism usually have low self-esteem. Thus, it is necessary for parents to always make them feel loved and wanted. Teaching children about their specific abilities, hurdles and basic life skills can boost self-confidence leading to an independent individual. 

In nutshell, children with autism need to be taught life skills in order to make them independent and confident. There are strategies that enable them to learn life skills that include identifying their skill, consulting a therapist, using appropriate technologies 

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