Independent Living Skills for Autistic Individuals

Independent living skills are essential for any individual to lead a happy life. Children and adults with autism spectrum disorder may need help with these skills in daily life. From brushing teeth and eating food to dressing up and commuting to other places, they may require guidance throughout. That can be concerning for families as everyone wants to see their loved ones live life to the fullest. It does not have to be this way. ABA therapy can teach them to carry out these tasks independently.

At BASES Autism Services, we use multiple ABA therapy strategies to teach independent living skills to children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder.

Learning independent living skills can give autistic individuals more confidence and control over their own life. They learn to look after their basic needs and manage themselves in different situations.

As the therapy advances, the individuals under ABA therapy show significant improvements. They learn to deal with money, do home chores, commute from one place to another safely, and comfortably participate in leisure activities.

Assessments for Independent Living Skills

We assess your loved one for the current status of their living skills to understand where the treatment must start. An assessment also helps us identify the strengths and interests of the individual to integrate as positive reinforcements in the treatment plans.

Consequently, ABA therapy provides an enhanced impact, and the individuals learn faster than usual.

Our multiple ABA therapy strategies to develop independent living skills in autistic children and adults include the following;

Shaping - Reinforcing certain behaviors as they approach the targeted stage.

Chaining - connecting naturally occurring steps to form certain behaviors or actions.

Errorless Learning - Prompting techniques for helping the individual reach the correct way to do a task.

Visual Schedules - Visual routines help autistic individuals understand tasks better than from textual instructions.

Self Management - Developing behaviors that help the individual take care of themselves for basic hygiene, safety, and other needs.

Differential Reinforcement - Selective reinforcement of desired behaviors while pausing all other reinforcements.

Video Modeling - Videos to model behaviors like greeting people or buying a bus ticket for autistic individuals to replicate.