Domains for Independent Living

What are the domains for independent living and community participation?

Independent living and community participation involves at minimum the following:

  1. Leisure and recreation: activities or experiences of interest chosen for fun, enjoyment, or enrichment during time free from obligations
  2. Home maintenance and personal care, including domestic and self care skills, like personal hygiene skills, clothing care, cooking, planning meals, housekeeping, etc. 
  3. Community participation: access and use community environments and agencies, including shopping, community and government services, voting, paying taxes, etc.
  4. Transportation/Mobility: ability to travel safely by foot, bicycle, bus, train and/or car
  5. Money management, including managing bank accounts and credit cards
  6. Personal safety and health care both at home and in the community, including the knowledge of personal information, use of pones for emergencies, use of first aid
  7. Communication and interpersonal relationships: ability to communicate basic needs, comprehension of instructions and gestures, and response to commands and prohibitions.
  8. Self determination: ability to know themselves, control their lives, plan and reach their goals and self-advocate

(Cronin, 1996; Halpern, 1994; Nietupski & Hamre-Nietupski, 1997)

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CRISIS? Read This

When an individual engages in negative behaviors, such as a tantrum or aggression, it is important to focus on the safety of the individual, those around them, and property.

In case of emergency, call 9-1-1!

Hotlines:

Indiana’s Adult Abuse Hotline: Report any types of adult (18+ y.o.) abuse (e.g., neglect, battery, or exploitation) who may be incapable due to mental illness or other physical or mental incapacity to Adult Protective Services. State hotline: 1-800-992-6978. For more information or to report online: www.in.gov/fssa/da/3479.htm

Indiana’s Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: Call 1-800-800-5556 to report child abuse (e.g., physical abuse, sexual abuse) and neglect allegations. Help is available 24/7.

Suicide hotline: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a counselor at Lifeline crisis center near you. Help is available 24/7. For more information:  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

SAMHSA’s National Helpline (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service):  Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Help available 24/7. For more information: http://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov

When to Ask for Help?

Individuals with ASD experience many challenges. However, it is important for parents and caregivers to recognize when they need to seek help:

  • Aggression, self-injury or other changes in behavior, like irritability or anxiety, are recurrent, persistent, and have strong negative impact onto those around them
  • Dangerous or unsafe behaviors that are challenging to manage or contain (e.g., elopement and wandering)
  • Threats of suicide
  • Regression in skills

 

 

 

 

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How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper:

A Step-by-Step Guide for Non-Scientists

  1. Begin by reading the introduction, not the abstract.
  2. Identify the big question.
  3. Summarize the background in five sentences or less.
  4. Identify the specific question(s).
  5. Identify the approach.
  6. Read the methods section.
  7. Read the results section.
  8. Determine whether the results answer the specific question(s).
  9. Read the conclusion/discussion/interpretation section.
  10. Go back to the beginning and read the abstract.
  11. Find out what other researchers say about the paper.

Read the full version of the article by Jennifer Raff

Additional Resources

Organization for Autism Research: Navigating Research

Organization for Autism Research: Finding Research

Organization for Autism Research: Parent’s Guide to Research

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