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10 Essential Abilities for Children with ASD

By Jessy McCulloch, Autism Home Support Services

Teacher: What are your greatest dreams about your future?”

Jeremy: “I want to have my own house with roommates, good friends, a fun job and be learning.”

Teacher: “What are your greatest fears about your future?”

Jeremy: “That I will not have enough money.”

Teacher: “What barriers might get in the way of accomplishing your goals?”

Jeremy: “You know I need good helpers. I need people that respect my intelligence.”

-Interview with Jeremy Sicile-Kira Transition Year 2007-08

Jeremy is the 19-year-old son of the author of this piece, Chantal Sicile-Kira. You may recognize his name from his appearance on the MTV True Life segment “I Have Autism.” Preparing him for the adult life he envisioned, she asked herself these questions:

  • What would today’s adults on the autism spectrum point to as the most important factors in their lives while they were growing up?
  • What has made the most impact on their lives as adults in terms of how they were treated and what they were taught as children?
  • What advice did they have to offer on how we could help the children of today?

Then, she set out to find their answers. In interviewing a diverse array of individuals, “No matter the differences in their perceived ability levels, [these] 10 skill areas were important to all.”  


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