Worktopia Parent Guide

Young people on the autism spectrum are capable of amazing things, including work and establishing a career. Developing potential career possibilities and finding first work experiences needs to begin early, while teens are in high school, because work-based learning during school lead to better employment outcomes later in life.

This easy-to-use guide helps parents and teens begin to explore pathways to employment. Working together, this guide can be used to create a Work Experience Plan.

Benefits of work experience include opportunities to:

• Explore job preferences and potential career pathways

• Build confidence

• Learn job skills

• Practice ‘soft skills’ in a work environment

• Gain experiences that can be included in a portfolio and on a resume

• Develop job contacts

The guide uses the language of parents and teens but it is a useful resource useful for anyone interested in supporting someone early employment experiences.

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