Creating a pathway to independence often starts at home. For those with autism spectrum disorder, daily tasks like preparing meals, doing dishes, washing clothing, and keeping up with housekeeping and chores can be a challenge. The Assessment of Functional Living Skills offers the essential skills needed for functional living. Whether the learner is living with parents, in a supported facility, a group home, or independently (with or without roommates), the Home Skills Assessment Protocol provides an essential daily living skills assessment of skills required for living in a home.
That’s why in today’s post we’ll be sharing a bit about the contents of the Home Skills Assessment Protocol. Developing a routine is an important step on the path to independence. Keep reading to learn more.
Tasks Necessary for Home Skills
The AFLS is specifically designed to be a practical teaching companion that contains task analyses, teaching suggestions, and prompting strategies, and the Home Skills protocol is no different. So what kind of skills will you find within?
For example, a common task might be to use spray cleaner. The objective of the task is for the learner to spray the surface with a cleaning solution and clean sprayed are with paper towels. Tasks can be scored, and full marks will be given when the learner sprays the surface and cleans the sprayed area. Partial marks can be given if the surface is sprayed and wiped, but a verbal prompt is required to fully clean the surface. There is also a provided space to leave comments about a specific task so you can keep detailed notes to track progress.
Another common example of a home skill to be learned might be making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The task objective is to gather all of the necessary ingredients, make the sandwich, and put everything away. For perfect marks, the learner independently gathers all necessary ingredients, makes a sandwich, and cleans up. For partial marks, the learner will make a sandwich only when all items necessary are provided, require verbal prompts to make the sandwich, or need imitative prompts to make the sandwich.
Learn More Here
The Home Skills protocol reviews everything from meals at home to dishes to clothing and laundry to housekeeping and chores to household mechanics to leisure. Clicking on the link above will give you more detailed information, and you can see more examples of tasks by clicking on the sample PDF buttons.
With 251 skills across 8 different content areas, the Home Skills protocol is the perfect way to teach your learner all of the skills that he or she needs to be independent at home. Whether that’s folding clothes and hanging them in the closet or changing bedding, the AFLS is designed to help.
Purchase the AFLS or Attend a Workshop
From basic living skills to home skills to community participation skills to school skills to vocational skills, the Assessment of Functional Living Skills is here to help foster a pathway to independence. Learn more here, or make the plan to attend an upcoming workshop.