Curriculum: life skills

This unit looks at the importance of including the teaching of life skills in the curriculum for pupils with autism. This can help ensure the best outcomes for these pupils in later life in the areas of:

  • Employment
  • Independent living
  • Emotional wellbeing

In this unit, you will learn about:

  • Ways in which you can incorporate the teaching of life skills into your school’s curriculum.
  • How personal and social development courses can help teach primary and secondary school children life skills.

A report produced by the Autism Education Trust shows that adults with autism recognise a range of outcomes as being important in later life.


Important outcomes

  • Employment
  • Independent living
  • Independence skills
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Meeting support needs
  • Knowledge of the successes of others with autism

As well as general learning outcomes, you should be mindful of the practical skills that pupils may need for independent living.


Life skills

  • Dressing
  • Personal hygiene
  • Budgeting
  • Planning meals
  • Shopping
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Leisure skills
  • Travel skills
  • Road safety

More life skills

  • Sensory processing
  • Communication
  • Safety
  • Self-esteem
  • Pursuing interests
  • Self-regulation
  • Independence
  • Social relationships
  • Self-advocacy
  • Earning a living