Life Skills

Summer Is Here! Ready to Potty?

Summer for many families means new routines and a new set of objectives to accomplish before the next school year begins.  One of these objectives may be what seems to be a most daunting...
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Teach Life Skills – Create Success for Independence

All parents want independence for their children. I am no different; I desired for my son with isms to live independently with success and with much dedication and effort, he is doing just that. ...
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A New Kind of Networking – Start with Social Skills

We’ve all heard that it’s “who you know” or “networking” that helps the majority of people obtain a job. While experience, resumes and education are important in obtaining employment, word of mouth is the...
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Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Building Community Integration Skills in Kids with Autism, Part...

You know you want your child to be a part of his community. If you read my last article, you know that being a part of the community is something you have to teach. You...
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Build Community Integration Skills

Most of us in the field of autism agree that community integration is important. Whether you’re a parent, a clinician, or an individual on the autism spectrum, being a part of your community means being...
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Are We Ever Truly “Independent”?

My job, for the past fourteen years, has sometimes been called "Independence Facilitator" as well as Instructional Aide. Working with students who are diagnosed with severe autism, I used to think that this title...
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7 Micro-Business Ideas to Help Transition into Adulthood

Statistics reveal a growing number of Americans aging out of Adult Transition Programs in local school districts creating an avalanche of ill-prepared individuals seeking suitable “post-school district” programs or opportunities.  Some statistics show that...
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6 Tips to Prepare Now for Transition to Adulthood

Many times when we ring in a new year, we make resolutions. We start new diets, exercise regularly, read more, etc. and “resolve” to due better in these areas of our life. Although statistics...
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Learning Independence – Personal Perspective

Learning to become independent is a very important skill for all people, but can sometimes be an even more complicated skill for individuals with special-isms. The one thing to remember is not to compare...
Empathy

Teach Empathy – a Tool for Social Success

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the meaning of empathy is "the experiencing as one's own of the feelings of another". Empathy is a great tool to have in your toolbox for success. When I taught...