The Core Symptoms
Although the symptoms and severity vary among people with ASD’s, all people with developmental disorders will present some of the core symptoms in communication and social skills. For example, the challenges they face in developing non-verbal communication skills such as making eye contact, and as most of the core challenges of ASD’s are the core of most basic adult behavior, people with adult ADS’s can find the challenges they face with Autism even more daunting.
The Benefits of Early Diagnosis
One of the main reasons why early diagnosis is so important is that Autism is treatable, people with brain development disorder such as those under the Autism Spectrum Disorder can learn to live and adjust their lives and environments to the challenges these disorders present. With access to support, beneficial treatment programs and a few adjustments, finding your way into independent adulthood holds so many possibilities
What happens to children with Autism, when they become adults?
Living with Autism
Being diagnosed with ASD does not disqualify you from living life as a functioning adult, it just means the challenges that face most adults will be more intricate for those that juggle the challenges presented with ASD. Besides those, adults that might need intensive or constant supervision can live independently.Others can live semi-independently in their own living quarters but with the correct support. More recently we have seen how some families open their home to adults with disabilities, teaching them the basics of independence. These skill-development homes teach housekeeping skills, self-care, and the foundation needed for independent living.
There are some adults with ASD’s that function in mainstream jobs. Others are able to do well in sheltered employment positions under trained supervision of staff capable of offering support and attention to people with disabilities. With early diagnosis, a nurturing environment, and adequate treatment/training, people with ASD’s can continue to learn, develop, and manage the challenges presented by ASD’s to live a healthy, happy life.
Teaching Them Skills, the First Step to Independence
Children with Autism become adults with Autism, so starting normality as early as possible is the key to giving those with ASD’s their Basic Living Toolkit. To teach your child the independent skill is an important step to investing in their future and adulthood. The basic self-care, housekeeping, and security are skills parents can start teaching at an early age. These skills can include:
- Household chores like cleaning
- Self-care such as personal hygiene
- Restaurant etiquette
- Taking medication
- Self- Advocacy and social skills
Work together with your support therapist on ways best suited to teach your child these skills, although there are a number advice resources, it is important to remember that people with ASD’s are different. It helps to remember that you are teaching a person and not their disability. Teaching these skills can and will take time but the end results are worth all that. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a loved one defy the odds.
How to Teach Those Skills
Through assessments, your treatment support team can tell you what skills can fill the gaps between the person with ASD’s weaknesses and strengths. It is also important to know that teaching these skills will take time and patience. Adding visual guides can help understand the instructions better, for instance, the steps for basic hygiene like washing.
It also helps to give your child their own resource of information. It helps to encourage the independence you are trying to teach them, once you have taught them the skill and they have enough grasp of the task to continue on their own. They can create their own independence so that if need be, they can check up to make sure of the steps needed.