Transitioning to Adulthood

We all want to be independent. We want to be recognized for our unique skills and talents. We want to be able to work at a job or career that interests us. We want to be able to live on our own and develop friendships with others and connections to our community.

A key component to helping a young person transition to adulthood is to develop a transition timeline to help them learn skills that will be needed as they work toward living independently. 

Some specific life skills that will help individuals as they transition to adulthood include:

  • Personal relationships
  • Personal health
  • Community connectedness
  • Standard of living
  • Future security
  • Personal security
  • Religion and spirituality

Practicing these skills helps individuals develop the skills they will need throughout their lifetime, including the ability to:

  • Develop relationships
  • Learn how to delay gratification
  • Express feelings in more appropriate ways
  • Engage with peers
  • Learn how to control their emotions

View a video about helping young adults with autism transition into adulthood, presented by Howard Center staff Anne Vernon.