INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS
We continue our focus on transitions with this second installment of ways to prepare your child for life after high school.
Granted, kids these days communicate mainly through texting, Facebook or Instant Messaging, but they still need to know how to start and end a phone call.
SKILL #2: Teach your child proper use of the phone.
- Initiating the call
- Say your name and who you are calling for. “This is Joe Smith and I’m calling for Bill.”
- Explain why you’re calling. “Hey Bill, it’s Joe from Spanish class. I have a question about the homework—do you have a second to talk?”
- Ending the call
- Explain why you have to hang up. “Thanks man, now I get it. Gotta finish my homework.”
- Leaving a Voice-Mail Message
- Know how/when to call 911—and when not to.
- Know how to call for a cab/shuttle and to order take-out.
- Know how to retrieve messages on your phone.
Mastery of telephone skills is an important step toward independence. Good luck!
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Parents, while you’re busy filling out all those back-to-school registration forms for your student(s), don’t forget the one that can make a big difference for your child: 5 Steps to Understanding My Child. You can download it FREE here or on my website [ http://www.autismresourcemom.com ]. Be sure that every one who works with your child has a copy — teacher, therapist, librarian, etc. Include any issues you want the teacher to be aware of. And get ready for a smoother school year.
Click here to see sample. Fill it out and give it to your child’s teacher at the beginning of each school year.