Transitional Independent Living


A Day in The Life of a 30 Year Old Man With Autism

There is a saying among the autism community, “Once you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” The disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been referred to as a spectrum as there are so many variables it is almost impossible to find individuals who share the same symptoms.

Jeff, who is 30 years old, still lives at home with his parents. No one in his family had any idea he had the condition as they simply considered him shy and not very social. (Lack of social interaction and the inability to initiate conversations or be verbal is one of the indicators.) It can be so subtle that their behavior is just considered to be part of their personality. Jeff’s parents, however, although they did not diagnose his condition, recognized he needed help with socialization and worked with him. He started special education classes in kindergarten and continued those through junior high before he was able to assimilate into regular classes with his peers.

New Directions, a transitional independent living center, implements “Direction Therapy” CMT treatments. Their process is rooted in the latest scientific literature, which integrates cognitive behavior therapy, developmental theory, and neuropsychology into a treatment approach that is strictly evidence-based. New Directions offers a cutting-edge environment for children to thrive. For more information, call a professional advisor at (877) 763-5102.

Functioning As An Adult

Although Jeff is considered to be a functioning adult, he still is not able to live independently. He has a full-time job and works at the hospital cafeteria. He has worked there for over 16 years and is considered hard-working, dedicated, and reliable. He is quiet for the most part unless you can get him to talk about one of his favorite subjects. For example, ask him how long he has been a Braves fan and he will rattle on about his passion for as long as you will listen. Each situation is different, but there is a clear pattern for success based on the interaction and support system for the individual in their formative years. For more information about transitional living, call a professional advisor at (954) 571- 5102.

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