Learning Functional Living Skills
Most people take learning life skills for granted. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental delays can find it overwhelming and challenging to learn and perform functional living skills. Skills as basic as brushing teeth and tying shoes or as complex as balancing a checkbook or holding down a job are important for all individuals.
ACI Learning Centers focuses on teaching students skills that enable the individual to be independent and successful in their home and work environments. ACI is able to provide cooking and laundry opportunities as part of the student’s daily routine. Our staff teach children and young adults the necessary sequences and the components to every aspect of living independently. Some of these tasks include; nutritional planning for balanced, healthy meals and kitchen safety, as well as meal preparation. Individuals learn how to complete a wide variety of cleaning tasks, clothes selection and washing their own laundry.
In order for young adults to truly feel independent, they are taught vocational skills through job coaching. Teaching the importance and responsibility of having a job helps to further instill self-advocacy. ACI staff teaches the required communication and social skills, task completion, and money management skills to be responsible and achieve positive outcomes in their work position.
Having a job and being able to manage money is very important, but also learning how to relax and enjoy a hobby is just as important. ACI Learning Centers’ skilled therapists work with each young adult to teach them the importance of engaging in appropriate social and leisure skills and finding something outside of work to do for enjoyment that is fun, as well as safe. Learning how to have relationships and friendships makes everyone happy!
Learning Functional Living Skills includes but is not limited to:
- Functional daily living skills
- Increased independence
- Nutritional planning
- Meal preparation
- Self-help skills
- Safety awareness
- Money management
- Job coaching/vocational skills
- Appropriate leisure skills/hobbies
ACI Learning Centers uses evidence-based life skills training.
“We know what works and that’s what we do!”