If you’re a parent, caregiver, or teacher of a person with autism, finding a way to help them transition into life at work can often be a challenge. Entering the workforce represents a significant change in daily life, but the good news is that with a little bit of planning and some help from the Assessment of Functional Living Skills, you can set your learner up for long-term success in the workplace.
Our assessment protocol for vocational skills is the perfect solution, covering topics such as the job search, interviews, coworker relations, workplace safety, and many more. In fact, in today’s post, we’ll be going into greater detail about this specific protocol and the ways that you can use it to track progress and enjoy measurable results along the way. Keep reading to learn more!
Tailor the Assessment Protocol to Suit Your Needs
Every learner will have unique areas where they excel, and others where they could use a bit of work. The vocational skills protocol is perfect because it allows its users to customize a plan to suit the specific needs of their learner. For example, if the opportunity to interview for a job arises, the protocol contains various tasks with objectives, questions, examples, and criteria for scoring, allowing you to know which areas need improvement.
One such task in our protocol is preparing a list of questions to ask the potential employer. The objective is for the learner to come up with a list of questions that they would like to check with the employer about before starting the job. For a perfect score, the learner would prepare a list of at least five questions that could be asked during the interview, and he or she will practice by asking them out loud.
Another example might be for the learner to be ready to talk about his or her strengths and weaknesses as they relate to the job. For a perfect score in this task, the learner would list — either verbally or in written form — at least four of their strengths and weaknesses and how they might factor into the job they are applying for.
Prepare for a Variety of Different Jobs
Our vocational skills protocol helps to evaluate skills across a variety of different potential jobs. These include custodial and cleaning, laundry, retail, support personnel, office skills, computer skills, restaurant skills, warehouse, trades and construction, and landscaping.
If, for example, the learner might work in the kitchen of a restaurant, one task would be to serve an appropriate portion of the meal on a bowl or plate. Another skill would be to serve that food in a distributed and decorated manner.
In other words, regardless of the job that is being applied for, the vocational skills protocol covers a variety of different professions and it allows parents, teachers, or caregivers to measure progress and keep track of results, ensuring that the learner is ready for the job he or she is applying for.
The AFLS Covers a Variety of Autism Life Skills
The Assessment of Functional Living Skills was designed specifically to help learners gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed in everyday life. The ability to tailor the program to suit your own unique and specific needs means that anyone can use it. Perhaps best of all is the fact that it can be used collaboratively by a group of people to offer the learner a pathway to independence.
With protocols covering basic living skills, home skills, community participation skills, school skills, vocational skills, and independent living skills, you’re sure to find exactly what you need. Order the AFLS today!