Life and leisure skills
ABA also involves building essential life skill repertoires that occur without problem behaviors, reduce the need for supports or accommodations and increase independence in the home, school or community. Learning a variety of life and leisure skills that apply to a variety of areas of life are essential for independence, at home and in the community. By assessing and analyzing social skill deficits,ABA strategies are used to teach how to learn skills, age typical play and social interaction skills. Conversation skills, appropriate use of humor, handling peer conflict and even electronic communication skills are important for building lasting relationships and connections to the community. A.C .E. offers group classes helping clients of all ages gain essential life, social and leisure skills. A.C.E. offers classes for school age and young adults.
At A.C.E. we recognize that life skills need to be selected in relation to our client’s context and environment. We use our learner’s interests and current skills to determine what additional skills are needed to plan for the future. As we do for our neurotypical learners, we begin programming for life skills at an early age, so they can achieve their maximum level of independence.
Having the skills to participate in activities that are enjoyable and interesting increases a person’s happiness and satisfaction in life. Leisure skills can be part of a group or an individual activity. Developing leisure skills helps connect us to others , whether at home or as part of the community.