High school graduates on the autism spectrum are disproportionately unprepared to cope with the responsibilities of adulthood, compared to their disabled and nondisabled classmates. Overwhelmingly unemployed or underemployed, they often continue living with their parents long after their typical peers have left the nest. Anxiety related to being pushed toward independence can spiral into immobility or repetitive activities such as video games or watching television. Their peers have learned independent living skills incidentally, but our autistic students have not. However, they can be taught the skills they lack. How can we give them the tools they will need to succeed? We must invest time and resources while they are still in school, to help them succeed once they leave school. This workshop provides specific suggestions to promote future independent living for our students on the spectrum, from preschool to high school and beyond.
CASP Members: $70.00
Strand: F, Topic: 23, Level: III
NASP Domain: 2, 4
Wendela Whitcomb Marsh, MA, BCBA, RSD is an author, speaker, and autism consultant. She is a retired school psychologist and LEP from Merced, CA. She currently owns PIPS: Promoting Independence & Problem Solving working with autistic adults and their families in Salem, OR.