The Basics of AutismSpectrum Disorders Training Series Regional Autism Advisory Council of Southwest Ohio (RAAC-SWO) Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders Task Force
Adult Training Series Modules Module One: Autism Defined, Autism Prevalence and Primary Characteristics Module Two: Physical Characteristics of Autism Module Three: Cognition and Learning in Autism Module Four: Autism and Sensory Differences Module Five: Communication and Autism
Adult Training Series Modules Module Six: Behavior Challenges and Autism Module Seven: Understanding Behavior in Persons with Autism Module Eight: Functional Behavior Assessment Module Nine: Autism and Leisure Skills to Teach Module Ten: Special Issues of Adolescence and Adulthood Module Eleven: Safety and Autism
Autism and Leisure Skills to TeachPersons with ASD may not learn leisure skills automatically. Skills can range from: None Limited
Autism and Leisure Skills to Teach Leisure activities are an important part of everyone’s life. Persons with ASD may have limited interests. We need to teach new activities to go with their favorite activities so they have more choices.
Strategies to Increase Leisure Skills Some persons with ASD will prefer activities unique to their special interests. If the person has a particular interest, use that to guide leisure activities (i.e. Likes music – listen to music, play music, go to concerts; Likes food – teach them to cook). Some activities will need to be changed or adapted to be successful (i.e. recipe for cooking should be broken into simple steps with pictures).
Strategies to Increase Leisure Skills A new activity will need to be taught step by step with help and practice. Use a few clear words with visual and physical help when teaching an activity.
Strategies to Increase Leisure Skills Leisure activities can be done alone or as a group. Choices are important. Choice-making may need to be taught. Have a list or pictures of choices. Have a variety of activities so the person does not get stuck in the routine of doing the same activity again and again.
Big IdeaHelp the person with ASD choosea variety of activities so they donot get stuck doing the samething over and over again.