Setting the Stage for Employment

What employers value and how to “set the stage” for employment within the home environment

“Did you clean up your mess? Do you have everything you need?  Did you walk the dog? It’s your turn to make dinner, do you have all the ingredients?

If you are parent, you have likely asked similar questions countless times, and while you may feel a little like a drill sergeant, engaging your children in activities within the home and community actually help them develop many of the basic employability skills valued most by employers.

Practicing tasks at home can help identify your child’s strengths and reflect on their abilities. Chores and activities that help develop skills and traits related to dependability, responsibility and a positive work attitude are employability skills described as most vital by employers.

The work expectations of parents and guardians are also a strong predictor of whether teens and young adults with disabilities, including ASD go on to find paid employment after leaving high school.

To read more about some of the ways that parents and their children with ASD can work on foundational skills at home to support future workplace success, click on the TIDBIT link below.


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Goal Setting & Self-Reflection

Goal setting and self-reflection (including self-instruction, self-monitoring and self-reinforcement) are important skills for everyone on their journey to employment. Students with disabilities who leave school with the ability to goal set and self-reflect are twice as likely as their peers who have not learned these skills to be employed one year after graduation (Wehmeyer & Palmer, 2003).

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