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Cooking Class

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Self-Help Skills

The focus of activities of daily living is on teaching several skills that foster independence.  A person with autism learns self-help skills differently, taking into account sensory, motor, and social issues.  Our self-help program targets skills that follow appropriate developmental milestones in a sequential order, allowing our youngest learners to build on the foundational skills needed to continue to learn and grow as they transition to more complex daily living situations.

For early learners, we may focus on fundamental daily skills such as:

  • Toilet training

  • Eating independently 

  • Washing hands

  • Food selectivity

For older children, we may focus on: 

  • Showering

  • Dressing

  • Brushing teeth

  • Tying shoes

  • Combing hair

  • Restaurant etiquette

Self-help skills for adolescents and young adults may include:​

  • Meal preparation

  • Personal hygiene

  • Doing laundry

  • Going grocery shopping

  • Managing personal finances

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