Some Support • Ages 6-10 • Goal:

Develop Life Skills

Action step 1.

Work on communication, daily living and social skills.

Communication can affect how autistic students do in school. Having good communication, daily living and social skills can help open doors to later employment. Working on these skills and using alternative methods of communication, like pointing or using communication devices or pictures, can help set an early stage for success.

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Action step 2.

Make sure IEP goals change through school.

Children may have new interests, skills and needs as they go through school. Children with an IEP:

  • Are evaluated every three years
  • Have an IEP review each year


The IEP review helps ensure that the IEP’s goals are meeting your child’s changing needs. For example:

  • If your child’s goals change, the IEP team may re-evaluate skills or try different teaching methods.
  • If the goals don’t change over time, your child may need different goals or a new teaching method.

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Action step 3.

Find ways to be motivated and independent.

Completing tasks and earning rewards are basics for future jobs. Try different supports over time to see what works best and what your child can learn to use on their own. Supports that may be helpful for learning and motivation include:

  • Reward charts
  • Sensory breaks
  • Social breaks
  • Visual schedules

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You’ve reached the end of the action steps for this support level and age group.

  • To find services and providers in your area, visit our Resource Guide.
  • For direct contact with a member of our Autism Response Team, call 1-888-AUTISM2 (1-888-288-4762) or en Español 1-888-772-9050.
  • Send an email to: help@autismspeaks.org.