For a long time, I expected our daughter to learn basic life skills just by watching us. Then, I realized that children with Autism and Aspergers have to taught deliberately. I had to give her simple, step-by-step instructions for everything from how to wash her hair to how to hold a pencil.
These are two of the books I have found very useful for teaching life skills to children with Autism:
Written by Jennifer McIlwee Myers who calls herself an “Aspie at Large,” How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger’s offers a unique perspective on how children with Autism Spectrum Disorders think and can be taught. Special attention is paid to teaching topics like personal hygiene, manners, and time management.
In 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition, Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk offer extremely practical tips for guiding children through every facet of life: sensory integration, daily living, socialization, and learning styles. While the title promises 1001 helpful ideas, you actually get much more with over 1800 tips.