Getting a job and keeping a job isn’t easy for anyone these days. It is especially hard for individuals with ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Here is where we come back to the fear versus hope issue. We can hope the children with special needs of today become successful; we can fear that they may fail…but what can we do right now to ensure that we are providing the most and the best opportunities?
1. Teach Real-World Skills: A six year old with emerging verbal skills and a limited phonemic (sound) repertoire does not need to know his last name. It may sound like it’s a great idea at the moment, but typically it’s pointless. He needs to know how to communicate that he needs the bathroom. He needs to know that he must look both ways for cars before crossing the street. He needs to stop, turn around, and look at you when you call his (first) name.