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Daily Living Skills in Adolescents with Autism

daily living skills autism from http://www.yourtherapysource.com/lifeskillchecklists.htmlAutism published research examining the daily living skills standard scores on the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales–2nd edition in 417 adolescents with Autism spectrum disorder.  All participants had at least average intelligence. Using statistics, a “daily living skills deficit,” was defined as below average daily living skills in the context of average intelligence quotient.

The results indicated the following:

  1. approximately half of the adolescents were identified as having a daily living skills deficit.
  2. Autism symptomatology, intelligence quotient, maternal education, age, and sex accounted for only 10% of the variance in predicting a daily living skills deficit.

The researchers concluded that more research needs to be done to determine factors associated with better or worse daily living skills.  This would help to understand the variability in adult outcome in individuals with autism spectrum disorder with average intelligence.

Curious to know – do you find that adolescents with autism struggle with activities of daily living regardless of intelligence level?

Reference:  Duncan, A. and Bishop, S.   Understanding the gap between cognitive abilities and daily living skills in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders with average intelligence.
Published online before print November 25, 2013, doi: 10.1177/1362361313510068 Autism January 2015 vol. 19 no. 1 64-72

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Life Skills Checklist from http://www.yourtherapysource.com/lifeskillchecklists.html

The Life Skills Checklists help track progress towards routine life skills needed to succeed in the school, home and community. The checklists have been created in MIcrosoft Excel. When you record a score for each life skill, it automatically enters into the graph for a visual representation of progress. If you are using the document in PDF format you will have to hand write in the score and the graphing information. This is a great resource for tracking quarterly
progress and establishing goals.  Find out more at http://www.yourtherapysource.com/lifeskillchecklists.html