This is a list we started working on for all of our kids to set goals for attempting to learn these life skills. Of course each individual living with special needs has different capacities and levels of comprehension. Our special needs son will need help in many areas to achieve this, so in some ways it’s a list for us now – caregivers in the future.

  • Maintain relationships – faith in God, home, church, family, friends, co-workers, community
  • Maintain good hygiene
  • Sexual health
  • Caring for clothes – what you wear (washing, drying, ironing, storing, organizing)
  • Using technology for communication (smartphone, email, tablets, desktops)
  • Tie a necktie
  • Self protection (call for help, hand-to-hand, weapon safety)
  • Vaccinations
  • House cleaning, maintenance and organization
  • House emergency prep
  • Kitchen use
  • Technology maintainence
  • Car maintainence
  • Auto emergency prep
  • Personal finance management (accounts, investing, saving, taxes, budgeting, credit score, protection)
  • Personal insurances
  • Personal document management (certificates, passport, records, social security)
  • Career and Work (interviews, job search)
  • Life Learning and Education
  • Travel – air, land, sea
  • How to comparison shop and find discounts for anything (small and big purchases)
  • Personal etiquette – thank yous, greetings, hand-shakes, courtesies, respect

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