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Ability to do their laundry

Ability to remember to pay their utility bills

Ability to get to their job either by walking or public transport

Ability to do their own grocery shopping

Ability to lock the door and not misplace their house keys

 

(I have a late cousin close in age with down syndrome)

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Know when medical care is needed and how to make an appointment.  Also emergency needing 911 vs. something that can be dealt with the next day via the doctor.

 

A good support system so that if they don't know something they have someone or multiple people that can help them out.

 

Basic time management--knowing when and how to set an alarm, get to work, the bus, etc. on time.

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Rather than starting with making a list?

Maybe you could start with developing a plan, where you identify the relevant 'areas' ?

Then look inside them, into what is actually involved and required.

 

So that it is more of a 'whole to part' process. 

Where it can be seen how it all fits together.

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Rather than starting with making a list?

Maybe you could start with developing a plan, where you identify the relevant 'areas' ?

Then look inside them, into what is actually involved and required.

 

So that it is more of a 'whole to part' process. 

Where it can be seen how it all fits together.

Could you expand on this?  Do you mean just knowing that we would have to cover food, shelter, clothing etc.?  

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The other year I worked through this book with ds. http://www.amazon.com/Life-Skills-Activities-Special-Children/dp/047025937X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400255763&sr=8-1&keywords=life+skills+for+special+children. I really liked all the categories listed and used them as our jumping off point to go further for our life skills lessons this year. I listed a goal relating to each category for ds. Even though the book is for elementary age, maybe the categories listed will help you come up with your list.

 

I also found the book How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger's very helpful.

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Wise money management.

 

Cleaning chemicals.. what chemicals NOT to use together.

 

Medicines.. what NOT to mix.. how to know what to take and when to take it.

 

Self-defense and basic personal safety practices. I particularly like Whitehawk's note to be scam aware.

 

 

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The book that Jennifer-72 mentioned, is a good example.

Which begins with defining categories.

What these categories provide, is a context to explore and develop relevant lists.

With an emphasis on context, that give meaning to a list.

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