Moderate Support • First Decisions • Goal 2:

Develop Life Skills

Action step 1.

Identify daily life skills you need for your preferred living situation.

When you move into a supported living environment, take time to imagine your daily living routines in your new home. If you have not lived away from family or other caregivers before, planning for your new routines, including the times when people giving supports and services are available, can make the transition easier.

You will start to recognize the skills that increase your degree of independence, while learning which other tasks are more easily done with assistance from people. A good exercise is to ask a trusted person to help you imagine a typical day and week, and note all the small tasks that you and they identify, and which of them you feel you need assistance to complete.

Resources

Action step 2.

Develop routines for daily living.

Based on that exercise, you can create a schedule of your day-to-day activities and occasional essential tasks too, including those when another person works with you to give help or guidance. Consider developing a written list or timetable, if this helps you to know what to expect each day or to manage changes in routine when they happen.

Your support network can help answer questions and review the schedule and tasks with you to practice. They can also help you have a plan for times when expected or unexpected changes happen to your schedule.

Resources

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)
  • Send an email to: help@autismspeaks.org.