Tools for Growth: Facilitating Community Living Skills Opportunities in Preparation for Independent Living

By Crystal Hayes, Interim Program Director, and Misty Wagner, Head Student Advisor, CIP Long Beach in Autism Spectrum News

Graduating high school, going to college, finding an apartment, landing that first job, getting married – these are all exciting milestones associated with the transition from high school to independent living. For adolescents with autism, formal planning for this transition begins at age 14 with the IEP team, however, it is never too early to begin introducing and reinforcing important independent living skills such as problem solving, adaptability, and self-advocacy.


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About the Author: Crystal Hayes

Crystal Hayes, M.Ed. is the recent recipient of our 2015-2016 Staff of the Year Award. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Instrumental Music Education from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and a Master of Education degree in Special Education from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Crystal’s passion is student success, and she believes each step toward goal attainment is worth celebrating!