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Autism Spectrum Disorder - Practical Life Skills

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Practical Life Skills
We believe no matter what a child or young person’s level of abilities are, their future development will
benefit from developing practical life skills from an early age.

A Positive Structured Environment Approach
For Children with Autism Spectrum disorder in Durham and Teesside, Enhanced Care utilises the TEACCH system. This provides a structured approach to organising the day and a structured layout for learning and living spaces. By scheduling a timetable for each day, we reduce anxieties and promote the independence of the young person in managing their day.

For example a morning schedule could include:

  • Wake Up
  • Put clothes on
  • Eat breakfast in the kitchen
  • Clean up breakfast
  • Bath/shower
  • Hang towel
  • Put on deodorant
  • Brush teeth
  • Make bed


Schedules and sequencing of tasks (including personal care and daily tasks) combined with activity timetables and personal plans enable the young person to understand and complete tasks. It also helps them complete activities through visual organisation; helps to define goals and make expectations clear. This structured approach is personalised to support the needs of each young person and enhance their development. Studies have demonstrated that this provides one of the most positive outcomes for young persons with autism spectrum disorder.

Each Waking Day Approach
Young people with autism, social, sensory, learning difficulties and disabilities often learn best in real life settings and may require support to generate new skills throughout the day and across all environments. A waking day approach reinforces learning in a variety of situations, with a focus on meaningful skills that contribute to the young person achieving an active quality lifestyle within their community.