Autistic Teenagers and Young Adults need learning strategies and resources to help them learn new skills that are strengths-based and pro neurodiversity.
As busy parents and professionals, you are limited with your time. You can’t go looking everywhere online for resources to help you.
You constantly wonder, am I doing enough for them? Am I teaching them in a way that works for them?
That is where I want to help you out.
My name is Sara and I have my doctorate in occupational therapy.
I am on a journey to becoming a neurodiversity-affirming occupational therapist that believes in using strengths-based teaching resources to help autistic teens and young adults reach their goals.
I decided to become an occupational therapist after my younger brother was diagnosed with autism.
As he entered his teen years and now as a young adult, I realized there are not a lot of resources out there for autistic teenagers and young adults. Especially how to help them learn life skills to help them as they enter the adult world.
My mission is to provide strengths-based neurodiversity-affirming resources and teaching strategies to help autistic teens and young adults learn life skills and help them reach their highest potential.
I believe that with YOUR compassion, support, and guidance autistic teens and young adults can live up to their fullest potential.
You can feel confident in learning how to teach life skills and satisfied that you are doing enough for them to reach their highest potential.
This is why Learning for a Purpose was created. I will teach you how to:
Guide and support your autistic teen and young adult as they enter the adult world
Find and use neurodiversity affirming and strengths-based teaching strategies that will work for your situation
Create resources for teaching a variety of life skills so you don’t have to look everywhere on the internet
Help you feel confident with using neurodiversity affirming and strengths-based approaches when teaching life skills
Connect you with evidence-based research strategies and resources for autistic teens and young adults.
Finding helpful resources for autistic teens and young adults, just got easier for you.
Imagine a life where you feel calm and confident in knowing how you can help your autistic teenager or young adults learn life skills to help as they enter into the adult world.
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A little Bit About Me:
Growing up as the big sister to my brother with autism, I saw the everyday life skills that he had challenges with and how overwhelmed and frustrated he could get when trying to learn something new. I felt helpless and worried that I couldn’t make things a little easier for him. I wanted to protect him from getting hurt by others. I knew I needed to figure out what I could do to help him in order to make things a little easier for him.
I went off to college and obtained my doctorate in occupational therapy and I worked with families that had children with autism. As a professional working in a clinic and as a family, we realized there were not a lot of resources for professionals and families to help their autistic teens navigate this time of their life. We knew this needed to change as we realized that autistic teens and young adults have very different needs in this time of their lives. They may need different ways to motivate them and to help them learn more challenging skills. Slowly, but surely we are finding ways to help my brother navigate this world in a way that fits his needs so that he can become as independent as he can be as he transitions into the adult world.
As an occupational therapist, I am simply offering a place to help provide you with neurodiversity affirming, strengths-based resources, research strategies, and practical everyday life skills to help autistic teens and young adults live up to their fullest potential. I want to help you feel confident to teach, guide, and support autisitic teens and young adults.
There are so many different life skills to learn and it can feel so overwhelming trying to figure out where to start.
Check out some of the most helpful blog posts and products to help you get started and to help YOU feel confident in teaching life skills.
Because I believe that with YOUR compassion, support, and guidance autistic teens and young adults can live up to their fullest potential.
- Necessary Life Skills for Autistic Teens and Young Adults
- How to Teach Autistic Teens Personal Hygiene Skills
- Free Personal Hygiene Sensory Strategies Toolkit
- Evidence-Based Practices for Individuals with Autism
Want to learn a step-by-step process for teaching life skills to autistic teens and young adults?
Check out our new online course Learning Life Skills for a Purpose!
We will teach you the step-by-step process of how to use task analysis and visual supports to help teach life skills to autistic teens and young adults. Plus we give you step-by-step resources to help get you started with specific personal hygiene skills!