10 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Independent Life After High School | SKILL #6

SKILL #6 
INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS
Two of my family members celebrated their graduation from college in the past week. Part two of my son’s ITP meeting was yesterday. The issue of transition to independent adult life couldn’t be more imminent. So we continue our discussion with our tip #6.
Whether your child is going on to post-secondary education, employment or both, personal hygiene is essentialGrooming and personal care tells others how you feel about yourself. So help your kids learn to send out the message that they care about themselves and how they look. A little effort can go a long way.
SKILL #6 – Teach your child proper grooming.
I divide this lesson into two categories:
    1-      Grooming practices
    2-      Vital personal info
 
GROOMING PRACTICES
Looking presentable on a consistent basis takes some work. Simplify the process by making
personal hygiene a routine.
SKIN
–   Wash face morning and night
–   Reinforce hand washing        

HAIR

–   Shampoo hair regularly
–   Comb hair and know when haircut is needed      
Image–   Shaving—Men shave facial  hair; Women shave legs and underarms

MOUTH
–   Brush teeth and tongue [at least twice a day]–   Floss
–   Have breath mints handy—bad breath is a big turnoff!

BODYImage
–   Exercise
–   Keep nails trimmed and clean [finger and toenails]
–   Use deodorant daily
–   Clean ears
–   Body spray or perfume—use sparingly [less is more]
–   Makeup for women—use sparingly [less is more]
CLOTHING
–   Check zippers/buttons/snaps
–   Clean clothes on a clean body
–   “3 Fit Rule” – 1) Fit your body [not too large, not too small] 2) Fit the weather 3) Fit the occasion

First impressions are important. Start now to help your child make good grooming a habit, so it becomes easier when he’s out there on his own.

VITAL PERSONAL INFO

Maintaining some basic personal health info is another important skill.
VITAMINS/Rx/SUPPLEMENTS
–   Organize a system and stick to it
–   Know how to fill/refill a prescription [Have your teen call in for refills.]
 
KNOW YOUR VITALS
–   Height, weight, DOB, SSN & blood type
–   Help your teen arrange this material into a binder.
–   Teach your teen the importance of keeping certain data private [SSN, etc.].
KNOW HOW TO REACH YOUR MEDICAL PROVIDERS/HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY
–   Have your teen make his own appointment [this is great practice!]
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READ A THERMOMETER

Being in charge of one’s body on various levels is just another step toward living independently—and successfully.

If you’ve missed any of my earlier lessons you can find them on my blog
at https://autismresourcemom.wordpress.com. For more ideas, contact me today at Debora@autismresourcemom.com.
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