This session will examine the importance of teaching activities of daily living (ADL) to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. It will also review three research-based methodologies for teaching activities of daily living.
This session will also review procedures for teaching functional skills in the classroom setting using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Presenters will cover topics including; developing a task analysis, chaining procedures vs. whole task presentation, and how to specifically train and teach relevant independent skills such as hand washing, toilet training, other self-help skills, independent work and job related tasks using data based decision making and analysis. Case study samples of school aged students range in age from ninth to twelfth grade. The presentation will include the assessment process, teaching procedures, how to train staff, treatment fidelity, video samples, and data systems and graphing. Examples of communication between home and school and how to keep this aligned and consistent are detailed. Finally, this session will take a look at language as a functional skill. Presenters will discuss how students at different skill levels can be taught to speak about activities of daily living so that they can solve problems such as asking for what they need, directing others involved in such activities, and describing their activities to others.