Understanding an Assessment of Functional Living Skills

If your child has autism or other behavioral or developmental disorders, it’s essential to provide a foundation that helps them reach the highest level of independence possible. Unfortunately, many programs overlook the skills learners need to function in everyday life.At Scottsdale Pediatric Behavioral Services in North Scottsdale, Arizona, our skilled team of behavioral health experts relies on the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) system to gauge their capacity for independence.

Purpose of the AFLS system

It can be hard to keep up with all the acronyms used in education. But the AFLS system can help children learn the skills they need to gain independence at home, school, and in the community.

Examples of functional living skills include:

  • Routines and expectations
  • Organizational skills and personal management
  • Grooming, bathing, dressing, and toileting
  • Health, safety, and first-aid
  • Meals, cooking, and housekeeping at home
  • Social awareness, shopping, and meals in public
  • Transportation
  • Living with others

With AFLS, we can evaluate, track, and teach the functional skills a child needs to succeed in everyday life.

How the AFLS system works

The AFLS system can help people of all ages, whether they’re age 2 or well into adulthood. This criterion-based system can evaluate hundreds of functional skills across six individual assessment protocols, including:

  • Basic living skills
  • Home skills
  • Community participation skills
  • School skills
  • Independent living skills
  • Vocational skills

We can use each of these assessment protocols on their own, but they’re also connected by unifying themes and overarching goals. As a result, we can take our findings from each individual assessment and create an overall strategy that maximizes your child’s learning opportunities, independence, and freedom.

Benefits of the AFLS system

This approach comes with one goal: To help children and others with behavioral and developmental disorders gain the skills and confidence needed to live functional lives. That’s because the AFLS system provides a foundation for developing curriculum or treatment strategies in the most important areas of an individual’s life, from home to school to the community and beyond.

Unlike other systems, the AFLS system meets each child at their skill level. It also works by engaging and guiding them across all environments, regardless of the skills they possess. The AFLS system offers numerous advantages for learners, including:

  • Being easy to understand and simple to use, anytime and anywhere
  • Supporting and enhancing any curriculum
  • Offering affordable and customizable tools and programs

This distinctive approach offers endless opportunities for children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities to become active members in their communities.

To learn more about the Assessment of Functional Living Skills system, book an appointment online or over the phone with Scottsdale Pediatric Behavioral Services today.