This is a practical guide for parents and caregivers of teenagers with disabilities, focusing on developing life skills to prepare them for adulthood. The guide covers:
- Transitioning from childhood to more teenage-appropriate routines, promoting independence in personal care like bathing, eating, and sleep habits. It suggests ways to offer choices and avoid conflict.
- Building travel skills such as walking, taking the bus, driving, and flying. It provides tips to help teens gain confidence and experience with different modes of transportation.
- Developing social skills and independence, like introducing teens to new environments they can visit on their own, volunteering, and using technology like smartphones to foster autonomy.
- Teaching time management abilities through visual schedules, calendars, timers, and alarms.
- Establishing self-care routines around eating, sleeping, hygiene to suit teen’s needs.
- Moving on to more adult activities and responsibilities through chores, college visits, work experiences.
The guide aims to equip parents and caregivers with practical ideas to help teenagers with disabilities gain real-world skills and experience. The tips aim to build confidence, independence and responsibility in teens. Overall, it focuses on the transition to adulthood and more independent living.