Life Skills on the road

So tonight is one of those nights I don’t have an article to post but rather a short story to tell. I was in the car with my eighteen year old son. Now he’s graduated from high school, he will be start to participate in the fall, in what’s called a Vocation Skills Program where he will be working (though not earning a paycheck) and also learning life skills for what could be up to three years or until he ages out of the school district.

Anyway, I was taking him to his summer job this morning, where he does get paid, when it suddenly occurred to me I had the opportunity to teach him about how to get to his job. We talked a little about what direction we were going and what road we would need to get to in order for him to get to work. Now while that was all we talked about for a couple of minutes, it was a start.

Tomorrow will do it all over again after I pick him up at his mom’s house and we discuss how to get to our house. One day at a time and one story at a time. I guess the old saying is true, everything is a teachable moment. At least if you keep your eyes open.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

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Life skill lists

When I read this article, I immediately thought of the list’s I made on old clipboards (painted with chalkboard paint) written down to help my son remember what to do in certain situations.

The article is entitled “Creating a List System to Help My Children on the Autism Spectrum Learn Life Skills” by  over at The Mighty. Now that my son is getting ready to graduate from high school and will soon start to work more on his job and life skills, I think it might be time to update my lists.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

Autism & driving

Besides guardianship, special needs trust, ABLE accounts, and a million other issues, driving is something that I’m really hoping one day that my son will be able to do. Reading this article by Holly Robinson Peete over at Huffington Post,  only adds to my hopes and fears but none the less, I will continue to march along.

The article is entitled “Autism And Police: My Plan To Protect My Driving-Age Son (And Yours)“. Here’s hoping that driving is one skill my son will master, along with all the other skills that go along with it.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian