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Independent living skills encompass all the behaviors individuals need to care for themselves. For young children, important independent living skills include:
As individuals grow up, they may need to learn more complex independent living skills, such as:
There are countless benefits to helping your child learn self-help skills. Not only will they gain confidence, but they’ll also be able to better integrate into their community. Many programs require a certain level of independence, like being toilet trained or being able to wash your own hands. By helping children with autism learn these important skills, they gain more access to their community and can more fully engage in their world. These skills also benefit your entire family unit. Teaching your child to participate in daily routines without constant help or supervision often relieves stress for parents, caregivers, and siblings.
Learning adaptive skills is a critical part of any child’s development. That’s why Trumpet integrates independent living skills into most children’s programs right from the beginning. Our team has developed hundreds of innovative clinical programs that every therapist can use within your child’s autism therapy program. While creating your child’s unique therapy plan, our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) will work to identify what skills would most benefit your family. Then, we’ll work on helping your child master those skills first to make the biggest impact on your entire family unit.
There are several ways our therapists may teach your child adaptive skills, but a common strategy is called “chaining.” Our therapists will break down a behavior into small parts and walk your child through each step one at a time. As your child masters each part of the skill, your therapy team will add more pieces onto the chain until your child can perform the entire skill.
Independent living skills are best learned when the entire family is involved. Since these skills are often used at home, parents and caregivers can take advantage of natural teaching and reinforcement moments. We offer parent coaching and support to help you recognize and capitalize on these moments. By using the techniques you learn in our coaching program, your child can learn independent living skills faster and generalize them to new environments.
Trumpet excels at helping children with autism gain independence by learning adaptive skills. If you’re interested in learning more about how ABA therapy can help your child, contact us today or find an ABA therapy center near you.