Life Skills

The following advice is adapted from NICE Guideline CG142: Autism in adults: diagnosis and management []


For adults with autism of all ranges of intellectual ability, who need help with activities of daily living, consider a structured and predictable training programme based on behavioural principles


Adults who do not have a severe learning disability and who are socially isolated may benefit from group-based structured leisure activity programme. Individually-based leisure programmes can be considered for people who find group activities difficult.

Programmes should include:

  • a focus on the interests and abilities of the participants
  • regular meetings for a valued leisure activity
  • a facilitator with a broad  understanding of autism to help integrate the participants
  • the provision of structure and support.


Adults who do not have a severe learning disability can be offered anger management programmes, but these should be adjusted to the needs of adults with autism. Such interventions should typically include:

  • functional analysis of anger and anger-provoking situations
  • coping-skills training and behaviour rehearsal
  • relaxation training
  • development of problem-solving skills


Anti-victimisation interventions can be offered to adults with no or mild learning disability who are at risk of victimisation. These should typically include:

  • decision-making skills in situations associated with abuse
  • problem-solving skills
  • personal safety skills


Individual supported learning programmes can be offered to adults with no or mild learning disability who are having difficulty obtaining or maintaining employment. These should typically include:

  • help with writing CVs and job applications and preparing for interviews
  • training for the identified work role and work-related behaviours
  • carefully matching the person with autism with the job
  • advice to employers about making reasonable adjustments to the workplace
  • continuing support for the person after they start work
  • support for the employer before and after the person starts work, including autism awareness training


Resources for individuals:


Orange Wallet



ASD Planner


Working with Autism

Working with Autism App













Resources for helping individuals seek employment and employers:


Working with Autism


Positive about working with Autism


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