A pathway to independence for learners with developmental disabilities, Functional Living Skills is designed to help provide resources to those who need them. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (also known as ASD) tend to have difficulty in some areas and success in others. Because every person is unique, our goal is to provide people with the tools they need for success.
The Assessment of Functional Living Skills is designed to do just that. There’s a definite need for a program that is comprehensive and provides individuals with all of the tools that they need to navigate successful learning and teaching. When independent living environments are the goal, the AFLS is the perfect solution.
What Is the AFLS?
Dr. Michael Mueller and Dr. James Partington recognized the need for autism resources to help people navigate what is often considered to be a difficult path. By creating Functional Living Skills approaches in a way that’s not only simple to understand but also easy to put into practice, the goal is to move ever closer to independent living.
To put it simply, the AFLS is designed to include six different interchangeable protocols that provide a number of different skills in multiple areas. In other words, its goal is to help learners no matter where they are currently functioning. By providing these people with the skills that they need, growth is possible and independence can be achieved.
A Few Tips for Promoting Independence
At the end of the day, the goal is a pathway to independence where learners can gain the skills and confidence they need for independence in everyday life. So what can you do to make that a reality? The truth is that it’s a situation where you need to take one step at a time. Fortunately, we can help. Below you’ll find a handful of our go-to tips for promoting independence. Whether you’re the parent of a child with autism or you are working with developmentally disabled adults, we think you’ll find these tips to make a big difference.
It’s All About Support
When it comes right down to it, the goal should be to support what others are doing. The moment you seek to take control is when it can often all go right out the window. Oftentimes the case is that a small difference in approach can make the biggest difference. Supporting the person you’re working with rather than controlling a situation requires you to let go of the reigns a little bit, so to speak, but the end result is that it can create a sense of satisfaction for the learner. Giving up control can be difficult, but you’ll find that supporting the person you’re caring for moves them further along on the path towards independence.
Although it’s a great tip for life in general, this is one that applies specifically to promoting independence as well. We’re talking, of course, about remaining positive. All too often, caregivers can get discouraged at setbacks. Rather than taking this approach, you should seek to lead with a positive attitude.
As you’re probably well aware, others are often very in tune with your attitude. If you get frustrated or upset, that can cause them to get frustrated and upset as well. Astute students are able to pick up on subtle shifts in your outlook, so seek to be positive in all situations and you’ll find that things go much more smoothly than you’d ever imagined they could.
Be Open to Change
One of the absolute best things you can do for a person who is seeking to be independent is to help them as they start to make their own decisions. The fact that people change and grow is a wonderful thing, and if you can foster that change along the way while remaining positive, it’s all the better!
The learners you’re working with may want to make new friends, try new activities, and pick up new hobbies. This is something that should be encouraged! Showing support by promoting change is a great idea because it means that over time, confidence grows and there is a greater chance of independence in the future.
Another great tip to consider is which community activities you can be involved in together. For example, if the person you’re working with shows an interest in gardening, consider signing up for a gardening class together. If he or she enjoys cooking, put together a grocery list and go shopping with one another. In other words, anything you can do to get involved in a process together is a step in the right direction.
When the goal is to foster a pathway towards independence, figuring out the steps you can take along the way is never a bad idea. If you can participate in activities together and get excited, you’re on the right path.
Discover the AFLS
The Assessment of Functional Living Skills is a criterion-referenced skills assessment tool, tracking system, and curriculum guide. Designed to be used for teaching children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities the essential skills they need in order to achieve the most independent outcomes, it’s among the most versatile assessment systems available and offers learners a pathway to independence.
Learn more here, check out some success stories, view our upcoming events, and be sure to stay tuned for more great resources to help make life a little bit easier. Or, of course, you can purchase the AFLS. It’s broken down into starter sets as well as different curriculum you may find useful, including basic living skills, home skills, community participation skills, school skills, vocational skills, independent living skills, and more. At the end of the day, our goal is to provide the support you need and our our resources include information about scoring, program development, identifying goals and objectives, and even addressing the learner’s unique needs. You can utilize our program any time, anywhere and it’s easy to understand without the need for certification. Affordable and customizable to suit your specific needs, we believe it’s the best option on the market today.