10 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Independent Life After High School | SKILL #5

SKILL #5
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INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS
We continue our discussion of independent living skills with the fifth item—the ability to go places on their own. Sure, they may need our chauffeuring services for a while, but the goal is for them to make this happen without us.
I remember going bowling with my son when he was little. Then taking him to the bowling alley and watching while he bowled with friends. Eventually I was able to drop him off at the door. Of course, this doesn’t happen overnight—in some cases it’ll take years until the child is ready to be cut loose–but plenty of preparation results in lasting benefits.
 
SKILL #5 – Teach your child to go places independently.
 
Certainly we don’t want our child to be afraid of exploring his or her own community. Starting when they’re young makes it easier so you can build on mastered skills. Gradually you’ll want to extend the distances. Trust me, your child will be ready for this far before you will be!
 
Child:             Get the mail, walk to a neighbor’s
                      house, etc.
Pre-teen:        Walk to and from school, a friend’s
                      house, park, library, post office, rec
                      center, etc.
Teen:             Learn how to use public
                      transportation
                            – Be familiar with routes and
                               schedules
                            – Know what the fare is and how
                               to pay it
                            – Know how to buy a pass and
                               request/use a transfer
                       Walk to a nearby store, library,
                       restaurant, cinema, after-school  
                       event.
The ultimate goal is to create a comfort zone of mobility within the community for your child. Starting early will set you both on the path to success.

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The self-reliant individual is a self-confident person. For more strategy ideas, contact me today at Debora@autismresourcemom.com.

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3 responses to “10 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Independent Life After High School | SKILL #5

  1. N.J. Lindquist

    What I find so interesting in your hints is that they are applicable to all children

  2. Absolutely! And thanks for noticing. So much of what I talk about is for typical kids as well as those on the spectrum. 🙂

  3. Very nice.

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