What are the Top 3 Things I can do to Help my Child Prepare for Employment?


By Vicky Westra

During the last 11 years, Autism Shifts has been working to prepare YAWA’s (Young Adults with Autism) to become employed.

Throughout this time, we have determined that students who have the most success in transitioning into employment are in a home environment that helps to prepare them for a career.

Here are some of the everyday things that our families have done, and you can implement as well:

1. Believe they can become employed – it helps our students so much when their family believes that there is a path to their employment. You don’t have to know the exact job for them, but letting them know that if they have a desire, that it can happen is a wonderfully optimistic way to be and can truly help your child believe this is possible.

2. Give your child chores to do around the house – this helps them understand completing tasks (which is very relevant in a work environment). It also helps them to increase their confidence level in what they are capable of doing. Lastly, it creates a good home environment where everyone does their part and they feel like they are a bigger part of keeping up the household.

3. Help your child identify some things they like to do and can do well – if you know what this is, great! Find opportunities to help your child expand these skills. If you don’t know, then it’s time to expose your child to different activities. At Autism Shifts, we believe that every person with autism has a “Uniqability.” If your child hasn’t found their uniqability, help them get involved in other activities to see what theirs might be.

To learn more, go to www.autismshifts.org.

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