Building Independence

As educational professionals and parents we instinctively want to protect and keep our children and young people with autism safe.  However, in doing so, their experiences and opportunities to develop skills and to grow independently may be restricted.

Building independence for any child or young person can reap many rewards such as developing a sense of self -confidence and self-esteem as well as encouraging the child/young person to make their own decisions. 

Point to remember

To allow a child or young person to build independence, the need for support from both carers and teachers may need to be lessened.

In this section of the resource the following areas will be addressed:

  • Understanding what Independence is.
  • The Importance of building independence.
  •  Reasons why children and young people may have difficulties developing independence skills.
  • How to teach strategies to support the child or young person build Independence at home and school.