Independent living is a dream for every person out there with Autism or Asperger syndrome. Sure, there are some people who may never be able to live independently. However, many do. Many thrive at it too! On this page, we are going to take a look at independent living as a person with Asperger syndrome and what you, as a parent, can do to prepare your child.
Independent Living Programs
This is probably one of the better ways to get your child prepared for independent living. As a parent, you may not know how to provide your child with the preparation that they need. However, there are several courses out there that can. We suggest that you sign your child up to one of them. A good part of the process will involve the child living on their own, with assistance, of course. This way they can get used to the whole thing.
You may also wish to sign your child up to various therapies. If you can, you should attend these therapies at the same time. Here, the therapist will not only teach your child techniques on how to cope in a new environment, but you will be provided information with how you can help your child to cope. Techniques include:
- Speech and language therapy (This one applies to servarly autistic people, the most): your child is going to be living on their own. This means that they will not have you to rely on when it comes to communicating with people. This is where speech and language therapy comes into play. Your child will be learning how to interact with others. Sure, they may never reach the stage where they can communicate as well as somebody without Autism or Asperger syndrome, but every little will help.
- Occupational therapy: this is all about teaching your child how to live properly. They will learn about how they can cope with day to day life. For example; learning how to dress properly, or maybe even learning how to pay bills and the like.
- Behavioral therapy: there are some behaviors which will have an impact on a child’s ability to live independently. Behavioral therapy is all about eliminating those behaviors to ensure that your child can thrive.
If your child is ready to live on their own, then they may be in a position where they are able to obtain a job. This is brilliant! It really helps with independent living. Depending on where you live, there may be vocational training options for people with autism. Sign your child up. They will learn how to cope in a working environment which will help them in the years ahead.
When you are with your child, get them to help you out with day-to-day tasks around the house. Work with them and show them how things are done. Remember; a child with autism thrives on routine. If you can get them into the right routine, then they will thrive when they live independently!