Finding a daily living skills checklist for adults with developmental disabilities can be hard, but the Assessment of Functional Living Skills is designed with a wide range of people in mind. Suitable for teaching children, adolescents, and adults the essential independent living skills they need, it’s the most versatile assessment system on the market today. The goal is to offer a pathway to independence, and our assessment protocols range from covering basic living skills to community participation skills.
In other words, no matter the subject that the learner requires assistance with, the AFLS is designed to help. At Functional Living Skills, we’re dedicated to created the tools and programs needed to teach children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.
Whether you have recently been called upon to provide care and assistance to an adult with developmental disabilities or you are an experienced educator with a program you have been working with, but are looking for more, we’re here to help. At the end of the day, our protocols allow people to develop their skills as they work towards participating more freely and independently in daily life.
A Life Skills Checklist
Whether you call it a life skills assessment, a daily living skills checklist, or something else entirely, the AFLS is designed with help in mind. But what is the AFLS? To put it simply, its goal is to identify the areas necessary to develop functional living skills and create a path towards a successful outcome. When we were doing our research, we asked teachers, parents, and professionals to help us identify specific skills they thought could be mastered. We also observed clients and families and provided them with knowledge and understanding along the way.
Children and adults who are diagnosed with autism regularly have major deficits in their ability to perform many of the skills necessary for daily activities. These deficits in functional living skills often limit the individual’s options to participate in many family and community activities. To put it simply, the AFLS is designed to offer an easy way to offer teaching suggestions, analyze various tasks, present strategies, and track overall progress.
A Few Examples
As with most things in life, the best way to demonstrate something is simply by giving an example. One of the protocols within the AFLS is on Community Participation Skills. In this protocol, we cover a number of different skills that are necessary for the learner to master in order to navigate successfully within their community.
For example, if a learner is out shopping, the task at hand may be to identify a store where a needed item is sold. The objective of the task is for the learner to name stores where a specific item can be purchased. The question is whether or not the learner identifies such stores. An example of such a question to ask would be, “What store would you choose to buy milk, clothing, food, office supplies, and pet food?” From there, you can rate the answer on a scale of 0-4. A perfect score of 4 would be achieved when the learner names such a store. A score of 1 would be awarded if the learner can name a place where some of those items may be purchased.
Another example is if the task at hand is for the learner to select a pair of pants based on measurements. The learner will need to know both waist and inseam measurements. For this task, the answer can be rated on a scale of 0-2. To get a 2, the learner identifies the pants with the correct waist size and length. A score of 1 would be awarded when the learner states the waist size and pant length.
An Independent Living Skills Assessment Tailored to Suit Your Needs
The Assessment of Functional Living Skills offers assessment protocols on Basic Living Skills, Home Skills, Community Participation Skills, School Skills, Vocational Skills, and Independent Living Skills. Our goal was to generate successful programs with measurable results. As a criterion-based assessment tool, the AFLS is helpful to professionals, educators, caregivers, parents, and more.
With the ability to see results almost immediately, we believe that the AFLS is among the most versatile tools of its type on the market today. Whether it’s put to use at home, at school, in the community, or anywhere else, it’s sure to provide you and your learner with a simple and affordable solution that really works. Easy to understand and put into use, you can take advantage of our curriculum or use it as a stepping off point to develop something of your own.
Whether you’re developing a functional skills checklist for people with autism or you’re putting together resources for independent living, the AFLS Assessment Protocols are sure to come in very handy while addressing your learner’s specific requirements.